The Tennessee baseball team pounded out a season-high 19 hits en route to an 11-6 win over 10th-ranked Arkansas Saturday at Baum Stadium. The 21st-ranked Volunteers received a complete-game effort from junior pitcher Craig Cobb, who allowed nine hits while improving to 5-1 on the year.
Tennessee’s 19 hits were the most allowed this season by Arkansas. Vols sophomore center fielder Julio Borbon went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Cobb struck out four and issued just one walk while logging his first complete-game of the season and the seventh of his career. He retired 14 of 15 Razorbacks at one point and threw just five pitches in a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
The Volunteers took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning Saturday. Borbon and shortstop Tony Delmonico led off with back-to-back bunt singles, and a sacrifice bunt by catcher J.P. Arencibia advanced both runners into scoring position. Designated hitter Kelly Edmundson then laced a two-RBI double down the left-field line, bringing his team-leading RBI total to 23 on the year.
Tennessee managed three runs on four hits while sending nine batters to the plate in the top of the second. Freshman left fielder Jarred Frazier set things up with a sacrifice bunt that put men on second and third, and Delmonico, Arencibia and first baseman Chris Kemp each proceeded to drive in one run apiece.
One inning later, with Michael Rivera occupying first base, Frazier uncorked a two-run blast to left field that put the Vols on top by a score of 7-4.
In the top of the fifth, Rivera provided Tennessee’s third sacrifice bunt of the afternoon, pushing Cody Brown and right fielder Brian Van Kirk into scoring position. Arkansas reliever Shaun Seibert then recorded a strikeout before giving up a two-RBI single to Borbon that extended UT’s lead to five runs.
The Vols tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the ninth. Delmonico and Arencibia each notched RBI singles in the final frame. Those two Vols, along with Edmundson, finished with two RBIs on the day.
Friday’s contest did not go as well for the Vols. Arkansas scored five runs in the sixth inning — four of which came on a grand slam by third baseman Blake Parker - as the Razorbacks defeated the Tennessee baseball team 6-1 in front of a crowd of 8,065. Arkansas starting pitcher Nick Schmidt’s complete-game shutout attempt was foiled when Edmundson crushed a solo home run to left field with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Kemp reached based safely three times on the night, collecting two hits and a walk. Edmundson’s homer was his third of the season and the 14th of his career.
After back-to-back base hits in the bottom of the sixth, Arkansas designated hitter Wayne Hrozek got an RBI double to fall in right-center field, scoring Chris Hollensworth from second base and giving the Razorbacks a 1-0 lead. Jake Dugger then drew a base on balls, setting the table for Parker’s heroics. The Hogs’ go-ahead sixth consisted of five runs on five hits, tying for the most hits allowed by UT in an inning this season.
Chris Hollensworth led off the bottom of the fourth by reaching base on an infield error and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. He was put out at third on a fielder’s choice, however, and Tennessee ace James Adkins went on to escape with no damage sustained.
Brown and Kemp led off the fifth with consecutive basehits, but Schmidt then posted back-to-back strikeouts. Schmidt then hit Frazier with a pitch, loading the bases for Borbon. Schmidt managed to work himself ahead in the count before getting Borbon to ground out to first base, preserving the scoreless tie.
In Sunday’s game, with Tennessee leading by a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, closer Sean Watson gave up two home runs in the Vols’ 13-11 afternoon loss. The loss drops Tennessee’s record to 18-10.