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Vanderbilt evens series with Diamond Hogs
Arkansas right fielder Andrew Benintendi, left, moves to avoid the tag from Vanderbilt first baseman Bryan Reynolds during the first inning Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas struggled to come up with timely hits Saturday night at Baum Stadium, falling to No. 18 Vanderbilt 2-1.
The Razorbacks left eight runners on base, including four in scoring position, and the Commodores evened the series at a game apiece.
Making his first start of the season, Carson Fulmer tossed 101 pitches in six innings of work and didn't allow a run. He scatters six hits while striking out six batters and walking two.
Fulmer's previous 15 appearances all came out of the bullpen and he has nine saves this season.
Vanderbilt scored its only two runs of the game in the fourth inning. Vince Conde led off the inning with a single and John Norwood followed with a two-run home run over the left field fence.
The Razorbacks finally got a hit with a runner in scoring position in the eighth inning, when Blake Baxendale singled to knock in Joe Serrano.
Baxendale was 2-for-4 at the plate Saturday. It was his fourth straight two-hit game.
Arkansas and Vanderbilt will play the rubber game Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for noon and the game will air on ESPN.
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