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UK baseball loses on walk-off slam

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Kentucky fell behind by seven runs after four innings before scoring 11 runs to take a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth. But Arkansas loaded the bases with two outs and Collin Kuhn hit a walk-off grand slam with two strikes to lift the Razorbacks to a 17-16 win Sunday.

UK entered the game needing a win to secure its first series victory over Arkansas in Fayetteville in 17 years.

The Wildcats opened the scoring with a five-run outburst in top of the second inning before the Razorbacks answered with eight runs in the bottom of the second, two runs in the third and three runs in the fourth. UK climbed back in the game with a pair of two-run homers in the fifth and sixth innings, and took a three-run lead with a seven-run eighth inning.

With UK closer Matt Little on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning, Arkansas mounted a last-ditch rally.

After Monk Kreder grounded out to lead off, Little issued a walk to Jarrod McKinney and then struck out Tim Carver. James McCann then lined a single into right field and Andy Wilkins, who pulled a hamstring in Saturday's game, drew a full-count walk to load the bases. Kuhn worked the count to 2-2 before drilling the walk-off grand slam to end the game. The hit was just the 10th allowed by Little in 241⁄3 innings this season and the first homer allowed in his career.

UK starter Alex Meyer was chased from the game after going 12⁄3 innings. Meyer allowed six hits and eight runs — seven earned — while walking two and striking out three.

Arkansas 17, Kentucky 16

KentuckyArkansas

ab r h rbi ab r h rbi

Wright lf 6 1 2 1 Kuhn cf 5 3 4 4

Bisson 2b 4 2 1 0 Bigham 2b 6 2 3 2

Glad 1b 5 2 2 4 Cox 3b 4 1 1 2

Kapteyn dh/p 4 1 1 0 Eibner p/dh 5 0 0 0

Farris rf 5 2 2 1 Kreder 1b 5 1 2 0

Wiley cf 3 2 1 3 Sample lf 4 2 3 1

Black ss 5 3 3 3 McKinney rf 0 1 0 0

Nidiffer c 3 0 0 0 Carver ss 5 2 2 2

Ray ph 1 0 0 0 McCann c 6 2 3 4

Maile c 1 0 0 0 Vinson rf/lf 4 2 1 0

Burns 3b 4 3 2 3 Wilkins ph 0 0 0 0

Atkins pr 0 1 0 0

Totals 41 16 14 15 Totals 44 17 19 15

Kentucky 050 022 070—16

Arkansas 082 300 004—17

E—Bisson (6); Burns (6); Eibner (1). DP—UK 1. LOB—UK 3; Arkansas 12. 2B—Kuhn (6); Bigham (7); Carver (4). HR—Glad (6); Wiley (4); Black (2); Burns 2 (7); Kuhn (6); McCann (5). HBP—Wiley; Kuhn; Cox; Eibner; Kreder; Carver. SH—Wiley (4). SB—Wiley (8).

Kentucky IP H R ER BB SO

Meyer 12/36 8 7 2 3

Bouthilette 11/33 2 2 0 0

Kidd 1 6 3 3 0 1

Wijas 1 1 0 0 1 0

Kapteyn 1 1 0 0 0 1

Kaczmarek1/30 0 0 0 0

Kennedy2/30 0 0 0 1

Little 12/32 4 4 3 3

Arkansas

Eibner 52/39 9 8 0 6

Heatley 11/30 0 0 1 1

Baxendale2/35 7 7 2 0

Bolsinger 11/30 0 0 0 0

Win—Bolsinger (4-1). Loss—Little (1-1). Save—None. WP—Bouthilet (2); Kidd (6); Wijas (3). HBP—by Meyer (Kuhn); by Eibner (Wiley); by Kaczmarek (Eibner); by Kennedy (Kreder); by Kennedy (Carver); by Little (Cox). BK—Meyer (2); Kidd (1). PB—Nidiffer (3).

Umpires—Home, Danny Everett; First, Fred Cannon; Third, Dave Brown. T—3:54. A—7614.

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