No. 18 Tennessee drops heartbreaker in extras, swept by No. 6 Arkansas

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- No. 18 Tennessee dropped a heartbreaker to No. 6 Arkansas in Sunday's series finale at Baum-Walker stadium, losing 4-3 in 10 innings.

Tennessee rallied to tie the game and take the lead with two runs in the eighth inning but were unable to hold a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Razorbacks tied it at three with solo home run to send the game to extra innings.

Justin Ammons and Andre Lipcius drove in the Vols' two runs in the eighth inning while Jake Rucker finished 2-for-3 on the day with two runs scored.

Zach Linginfelter started the game and threw 4.1 solid innings, striking out nine batters while allowing two runs on five hits. Redmond Walsh was the hard-luck loser after an incredible outing out of the bullpen. The redshirt sophomore lefty set career highs in innings pitched (5,1) and strikeouts (five), but gave up the final two runs of the game to fall to 0-1 on the year.

Razorbacks' starter Connor Noland also had an impressive performance, setting a new career high with 10 strikeouts. The freshman gave up just one unearned run on two hits in seven innings and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

Jack Kenley led Arkansas with three hits, two runs and an RBI while Christian Franklin and Casey Opitz had the two big hits late that led the Hogs to the win and their second consecutive series sweep.

The Razorbacks opened the scoring with a solo home run by Kenley in the bottom of the second to make it 1-0. It was the ninth homer of the year for the junior second baseman.

Linginfelter got into trouble in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with one out before handing the ball over to Walsh. The redshirt sophomore lefty hit the first batter he faced to allow a run to score but then got Dominic Fletcher to ground into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to limit the damage.

Rucker singled to start the sixth to break up Noland's no-hitter and ended up scoring later in the inning on an error by Kenley at second base to cut the Vols' deficit to one.

Tennessee put together a rally in the top of the eighth to score a pair of runs and take a 3-2 lead. Rucker singled to lead off the inning and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Landon Gray. Two batters later, Ammons came up with his biggest hit of the season, singling up the middle off of Arkansas' closer Matt Cronin with two outs to bring in the tying run. Lipcius followed with an RBI single to score Ammons and give the Vols their first lead of the game at 3-2.

Just when it looked as if UT would hang on for the win, Franklin hit an opposite field home run that barely stayed fair and cleared the wall in right field to tie the game with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

The Vols were retired on order by Arkansas reliever Elijah Trest in the top of the 10th before Opitz ended the game with a two-out base hit in the bottom of the inning to give the Razorbacks the walk-off win. Trest earned the win to improve to 1-1 on the year.

NOTABLE
HEARTBREAK IN EXTRAS: Tennessee fell to 0-2 this season in extra innings with Sunday's loss to Arkansas. The Vols only other extra-innings game this season was a 6-3 loss in 11 innings to then No. 5 Mississippi State on April 5.

SCORING WITH TWO OUTS: The Vols came up with a number of big, two-outs hits this weekend and scored all three of their runs on Sunday with two outs. For the series, UT scored 14 of its 15 runs with two outs.

UP NEXT: Tennessee will not play a midweek game this week due to exams and will be back in action on Friday to begin an important home series against Missouri at 6:30 p.m. The game will be streamed on the WatchESPN app and fans can also listen live as John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara call the action for the Vol Radio Network (FM 99.1/AM 990).