Jake Wise homered leading off the fifth inning to lift visiting Arkansas to a 2-1 win over Kentucky in the series opener on Friday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (26-18, 9-13 SEC) and the Razorbacks — the NCAA leader in ERA — engaged in a pitching duel to kick off the series. After a scoreless first four innings, Wise opened the scoring with a solo homer in the fifth and Matt Vinson singled home a second run in the inning with two outs.
UK loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth but was only able to score one run.
Kentucky finished with seven hits and four walks. They left 11 runners on base. Junior J.T. Riddle had a team-best 3-for-4 effort at the plate.
A.J. Reed (2-6) took the hard-luck loss in his seventh quality start of the year. The 6-foot-4 lefty worked 71⁄3 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, striking out five.
Arkansas starter Barrett Astin (4-2) worked 52⁄3 innings, allowing five hits and one run, walking three and striking out four.