Arkansas leads Vanderbikt 8-6 in Saturday’s postponed game
by Dudley E. Dawson
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — The Arkansas baseball team rallied from a 5-1 deficit to take an 8-6 lead over Vanderbilt on Saturday night before Mother Nature put an end to the fun at Baum-Walker Stadium. .
Lightning struck around 8:46 p.m. then rain forced the postponement about an hour later.
The game resumes at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning with a seven-inning game to follow.
For the second night in a row, Vanderbilt put five runs on Arkansas early, but on Saturday night the Razorbacks not only had an answer, but had enough lumber to take the lead — unlike Friday.
Cayden Wallace’s three-run homer capped a four-run rally in the fourth inning as Arkansas recovered from a 5-2 deficit.
It was Wallace’s second homer of the night as he led early in the first inning with a blast on the second pitch from Vanderbilt starter Chris McElvain to give Arkansas a 1-0 lead.
That second outburst, which doubled as his eighth of the season, was a field against McElvain, who came out late in the frame.
Arkansas increased their lead to 8-5 in the fifth when Jace Bohrofen’s brace was misplayed and scored both Brady Slavens and Braydon Webb, who had both walked earlier in the inning.
Tate Kolwyck, who scored a two-run brace in the Commodores’ third, cut that advantage to 8-6 when he hit reliever Zach Morris in the sixth.
Vanderbilt jumped on Arkansas starting pitcher Hagen Smith and reliever Morris for five runs in the third.
Michael Turner’s single was misplayed in an error and chased Jalen Battles home with an unearned run to reduce it to 5-2 in the third.
Vanderbilt won Friday night’s game 10-7 in 10 innings.
Arkansas (36-13, 16-9) will start Sunday half a game ahead of Texas A&M (32-16, 16-10) in the SEC West Division race.
Auburn (35-16, 15-11) rallied against Alabama while LSU (33-17, 14-12) lost twice to Ole Miss.