NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the second time in three games, No. 6 Vanderbilt walked off with a winning hit against Arkansas, claiming a 1-0 victory on Sunday at Hawkins Field to complete the series sweep.
Vanderbilt (16-4, 3-0) and Arkansas (9-8, 0-3) battled to a scoreless tie going into the bottom of the ninth when the Commodores’ offense used a spark from a Jason Delay lead-off double.
The Commodores survived Arkansas starter Trey Killian, who tossed seven perfect innings before departing due to a pitch count (he is coming back from elbow soreness). Vandy finally broke up the perfect game in the eighth when Bryan Reynolds legged out an infield single.
While Killian was dealing, so was Vandy starter Jordan Sheffield. Sheffield pitched around trouble in the first inning, ending the frame with a strikeout to start a string of five consecutive retired and nine of the next 10. The redshirt freshman dodged a final blow in his final inning in the seventh when he got a double play to end the inning to get out of a two on, one out jam.
Philip Pfeifer finished off the Dores’ fifth shutout of the season but not without drama. The first batter he faced reached on an error and after a walk and an infield single, the Razorbacks had the bases loaded with one out. Rhett Wiseman came up huge, making a catch in right field then gunning down the go-ahead run at the plate. Pfiefer worked a clean ninth and picked up his second win out of the Vandy bullpen after Swanson’s heroics in the bottom of the inning.
The two teams combined for six hits in the pitchers’ duel. Rhett Wiseman’s 13-game hitting streak came to an end with a 0-for-3 performance.
Josh Alberius took the loss for Arkansas allowing the winning run to reach base before Phillips allowed Swanson’s walk-off single.