Crimson Tide Falls, 7-3, to Fifth-Ranked Arkansas on Thursday Night

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Alabama led early until a five-run fifth put the Razorbacks in front for good

5/19/2022

TUSCALOOSA, AL –
Alabama fell to fifth-ranked Arkansas, 7-3, on Thursday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide is now 27-25 overall and 10-17 in Southeastern Conference play.

Alabama gained an early 3-0 advantage thanks to a pair of runs in the second and one run in the fourth. Arkansas came right back to post a five-run fifth to take the lead for good. The Razorbacks added two in the ninth for the 7-3 final.

Garrett McMillan (4-5) held the Razorbacks hitless through the first four frames before running into trouble in that fifth. The junior finished with 5.1 innings pitched, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in the loss. Evan Taylor (5-0) earned the win for the Razorbacks after working 2.0 innings of scoreless relief. Brady Tygart followed for the final 1.2 frames to earn his eighth save of the season.

From Head Coach Brad Bohannon
"This was a tough loss tonight, but I thought we did some good things. (Garrett McMillan) was perfect through four innings, and Jake Leger was outstanding in relief. We out-hit them and got out front to a 3-0 lead; probably left a little meat on the bone in those first four innings for what could have been four or five (runs). The obvious difference in the game is that Arkansas got three big hits with people on base. They had runners on base and hit two homers and a double. We got a few big hits, too, but they were singles, and that's really the difference in the ballgame."

How It Happened
  • B2 | Andrew Pinckney led off the inning with an infield single. After a well-executed hit-and-run by Jim Jarvis put runners at the corners, Tommy Seidl doubled to left to score Pinckney and advance Jarvis to third. One out later, Caden Rose singled to left to plate Jarvis and add to the Tide advantage. (2-0, Alabama)
  • B4 | Rose sent a 2-1 pitch down the line in left for a two-out double to keep the inning alive. William Hamiter singled him home in the next at-bat to increase the lead. (3-0, Alabama)
  • T5 | Peyton Stovall hit a two-run home run to tie things up. The Hogs then reached two more before a three-run homer from Cayden Wallace moved them in front. (5-3, Arkansas)
  • T9 | A two-out double to left-center tacked on two more for the Razorbacks. (7-3, Arkansas)
Postgame Notes
  • Alabama recorded 10 hits on the night. The Tide has totaled 10-or-more hits in 27 games this season.
  • Seven of the nine Alabama starters recorded at least one hit in the series opener.
  • Caden Rose has reached base safely 12 straight games dating back to April 25 against Georgia.
  • Rose finished 3-for-4 to match his career high for hits. The sophomore also had three hits two previous times, most recently against Xavier on Feb. 19 of this season.
  • Jim Jarvis has reached base in 10 straight games dating back to April 28 at South Carolina.
  • With his 1-for-5 evening, Drew Williamson has now recorded a hit in six straight games. Over the streak, the senior is batting .304 (7-23) with a double, one home run, five RBI, five runs scored and a trio of walks.
  • ATTENDANCE: 2,966
Alabama and Arkansas will meet for game two of the series on Friday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The matchup will feature a pair of senior right-handers with the Crimson Tide calling on Jacob McNairy while the Razorbacks counter with Connor Noland. Game two is set for a 7 p.m. CT first pitch with the contest gaining a national audience on SEC Network.

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