FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The Arkansas baseball team (27-17, 9-10 SEC) came up on the short end of a 2-1 decision Friday evening, falling to Auburn (24-19, 8-11) in the series opener at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks had a chance for their first walk-off win of the season in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two outs, but Auburn closer Terrance Dedrick forced pinch hitter Clark Eagan to fly out on the first pitch to end the game.
Trey Killian (2-7) was the tough-luck loser with another masterful performance on the mound, tossing 8.0 innings with a season-high eight strikeouts and giving up two unearned runs on four hits.
Arkansas scored the first run of the game in the fifth inning when Blake Baxendale singled up the middle and pinch runner Garrett Rucker came around to score on a groundout by Wise later in the frame.
The Razorbacks' lead was short-lived however, as the Tigers came back and scraped together a pair of unearned runs on one hit and two errors for what turned out to be the difference in the game.
Arkansas stranded six runners in the game, including three in the ninth inning, and fell for just the fourth time when scoring before the opponent.
With inclement weather expected on Sunday, Arkansas and Auburn will cap the three-game weekend series with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 4:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.