FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas exploded for 10 total runs over the third, fourth and fifth innings, and ended up with a 10-1 win over Kentucky, evening the series at one game apiece Saturday in front of 9,455 fans at Baum Stadium.
The Cats and the Razorbacks were in an early-inning pitching duel before Arkansas took command.
Arkansas starter Drew Smyly, who entered the game with a 1.69 ERA, improved to 3-0 after going seven innings, allowing just four hits and one UK run, walking seven and striking out five.
UK starter Taylor Rogers (3-3) went four innings, allowing 11 hits and eight runs, while striking out two. UK freshman right-hander Jordan Cooper came on in relief and kept the UK bullpen intact for Sunday, going the final four innings, allowing six hits and two runs — one earned — not issuing a walk and striking out three.
The Wildcats got hits from Chad Wright, Gunner Glad, Braden Kapteyn and Taylor Black, with Black's hit a double. Glad knocked in Black with a two-out single in the seventh for the Cats' only run.
UK will look to secure its first series in Fayetteville in 17 years, dating to the 1993 season, with a win in Sunday's rubber match.