Arkansas tops Tennessee 7-2 to capture first SEC title

Arkansas tops Santa Clara


HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Battles and Cullen Smith homered to help regular-season champion Arkansas win its first Southeastern Conference Tournament title with a 7-2 victory over Tennessee on Sunday. The Razorbacks, the likely No. 1 overall national seed, had lost on all four previous trips to the tournament championship game. This time they took over after a slow start against the second-seeded Volunteers. Arkansas’s Kevin Kopps, the SEC pitcher of the year, gave up a homer to start his outing but went the final three innings for his second save of the week and 10th of the season.