LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Dominic Taccolini delivered the best performance of his career Friday night as Arkansas (23-15, 5-11) defeated the Wildcats (23-14, 9-7) 1-0 at Cliff Hagan Stadium, picking up its first SEC win in nine opportunities. Taccolini tossed a complete game 10-inning performance, striking out a career-high 10 batters and allowing no walks.
Taccolini had thrown a combined 11 innings during his last five appearances, but set career highs in innings pitched, strikeouts and walks allowed in the complete game performance. He's the first Razorback pitcher to throw a complete game shutout since Keaton McKinney completed the feat last year against Alabama (May 2, 2015).
It's also the longest outing by a Razorback starting pitcher since Clint Brannon threw 11 innings against Tennessee in the 2004 SEC Tournament (May 26). Brannon's outing was not a complete game, however, as the Razorbacks lost 8-6 in 13 innings.
Chad Spanberger hit the go-ahead home run in the 10th inning in Friday night's game, his sixth of the year, and second in as many games. His home run was one of seven hits on the night for the Razorbacks. Clark Eagan came away with a two-hit performance, his 16th multiple hit game of the year.
Taccolini and Kentucky starting pitcher Zack Brown matched each other pitch-for-pitch through the game's first nine innings. It wasn't until the top of the 10th that Brown gave up the game's only run, a lead-off home run from Spanberger.
Spanberger's home run came on a 1-0 pitch off Brown and it carried well over the right field wall to give the Razorbacks their first lead in an SEC contest in nine games.
Taccolini retired 15-straight batters during the 3rd through 7th innings, striking out five in the process.