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Arkansas Takes Series Opener from No. 17 Georg

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Takes Series Opener from No. 17 Georg
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Brian Kirby had a season-high three hits and Michael Conner hit his team-leading fifth home run to help Arkansas upset No. 17 Georgia, 8-5, Friday in the first game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Baum Stadium.

The Razorbacks (11-10, 1-3 SEC) snapped a four-game losing streak and earned their fifth-consecutive home victory against a ranked opponent. Playing their first road game of the year, the Bulldogs (12-5, 2-2 SEC) – ranked 17th by Baseball America – suffered their third loss in their last five games.

UA starter Charlie Isaacson (3-3) struck out four and allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings to snap a two-game losing streak. UGA starter Rob Moravek (1-1) gave up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings and was charged with the loss. Jeremy Rankin struck out four in two innings of relief to earn his second save of the year.

Conner’s home run in the bottom of the first gave the Razorbacks a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish. Scott Crossett, Jeff Hoefler and Kyle Washburn had two hits each for the Razorbacks.

Jeff Keppinger went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Bulldogs offensively. UGA’s Mark Thornhill extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning. Thornhill has hit safely in all 17 games this season after finishing the 2000 season with a four-game hitting streak.

The series continues Saturday at 2 p.m. CT and concludes Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT.



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