NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The sixth-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores soundly defeated eighth-ranked Arkansas Saturday 12-2 at Hawkins Field. Vandy blasted the Hogs pitching piling up 12 runs in the first three innings.
Arkansas (25-10, 8-6 SEC) suffered their first road series loss of the season as a result of Saturcday’s losing effort and it was the second overall series loss of the year for the Hogs.
Arkansas is now two games out of first place in the SEC Western Division.
Vanderbilt shelled Razorback starting pitcher Connor Noland. Noland struggled from the beginning. He allowed the first five batters he faced to reach base and was knocked out of the box without recording an out.
Hogs sophomore Kole Ramage didn’t do any better than Noland. Ramage walked in the third run and then gave up a grand slam to Stephen Scott. The Hogs were down early 7-0 and never threatened to comeback.
Arkansas was led at the plate by sophomore Matt Goodheart. Goodheart was 3-for-3 with two doubles. Goodheart improved his average to .460 (29-for-63) over his last 19 games and is hitting .452 in conference games. He leads all SEC hitters.