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Razorbacks take down Wildcats

3243 days ago
Arkansas Athletics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas baseball team (19-15, 6-7) used another two-homer game from Andrew Benintendi as the sophomore paced the Razorbacks to a 5-3 victory over Kentucky (18-14, 4-8) Friday evening at Baum Stadium.

Benintendi continues his unconscious stretch, hitting two home runs in back-to-back games to give him a nation-leading 13 blasts on the year. The sophomore has six home runs in the last six games, including four bombs in his last six at bats.

His solo shot in the first inning gave Arkansas a lead they would never relinquish, while his blast in the seventh inning came after Kentucky scored two runs in the top half to cut the Razorback lead to just one run.

In his current seven-game hitting streak, the sophomore is hitting .565 with six home runs, 13 hits, 11 runs batted in and 12 runs scored, while drawing eight walks for an on base percentage of .656.

Clark Eagan had two hits of his own, including a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning to extend the Arkansas lead to 4-1 at the time. Tyler Spoon continued his hot hitting in the seventh inning, ripping a single to center field to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games.

Trey Killian (1-2) earned his first win of the year, tossing 6.0 innings and giving up just one run, while striking out four for his third quality start of the year. He gave way to Zach Jackson who got himself in a jam in the eighth inning and gave up a pair of runs, but got out of a bases loaded one out jam to preserve the lead and make way for another Benintendi homer in the bottom half of the inning.

Arkansas will go for the series win over Kentucky Saturday evening at Baum Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. with Dominic Taccolini slated to get the ball for the Razorbacks.