Andrew Hutchinson has been a multimedia reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2014.
Diamond Hogs drop another 2-1 decision
Arkansas second baseman Brian Anderson heads to first after hitting the ball to the outfield during the fourth inning against Auburn Friday, April 25, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE It has been a tough-luck season for right-hander Trey Killian.
No. 24 Arkansas lost to Auburn 2-1 Friday night at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks lost their seventh game by the final score of 2-1 and 10th game this season by one run.
Killian has been on the mound for three 2-1 losses and also dropped a 1-0 decision at Florida in which he pitched a complete game.
Both of Auburn's runs came in the sixth inning and were unearned because of a pair of errors by Michael Bernal. By not allowing an earned run in eight innings of work, Killian dropped his ERA to 2.30 but the loss dropped him to 2-7 this season. Killian struck out eight batters in the loss.
Arkansas (27-17, 9-10 SEC) took the lead in the fifth inning on a fielder's choice RBI by Jake Wise. The Tigers answered with their only runs in the top of the sixth inning with both runs aided by Bernal's two errors.
The Razorbacks had a chance to win the game in the ninth inning, loading the bases with two outs. But Clark Eagan flied out to center field to end the threat. Auburn starter Dillon Ortman and reliever Terrance Dedrick combined to walk three batters in the inning, one of which was intentional.
Ortman scattered six hits in 8 1/3 innings of work and walked only one batter while striking out five. Arkansas put leadoff hitters on base in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Auburn (24-19, 8-11) pulled within one game of Arkansas in the conference standings with the win. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 4:05 p.m.