ATHENS, Ga. – The 20th-ranked University of Arkansas baseball team (33-20, 17-12) continued its winning ways Saturday afternoon, capping the regular season with an 8-1 victory at Georgia (26-28, 10-19) to capture the series at Foley Field.
After dropping the opening game of the series, Arkansas came back with a vengeance over the final two days and outscored Georgia 17-1 to post consecutive victories in dominating fashion.
The Razorbacks have not dropped an SEC series over the last eight weekends, posting a record of 16-7 to vault up the SEC standings and capture the No. 5 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament. Arkansas will open play in its 21st SEC Tournament Tuesday evening in the fourth game of the day against the No. 12 seed to be announced later today.
Tyler Spoon ignited the offense in the first inning with a two-run double to right field, sending Clark Eagan and Andrew Benintendi racing home and giving Arkansas a first-inning lead for the second straight day.
The Razorbacks continued to pour it on with eight runs over the first three innings, using a Joe Serrano RBI double as part of a two-run second frame, before Brett McAfee recorded a two-run single in the third inning to cap the early barrage of runs.
The Arkansas pitching staff was on point, as James Teague (4-3) got the start and worked 4.1 shutout innings, allowing just three hits and adding four strikeouts. Jackson Lowery worked 1.2 innings with three strikeouts, while Josh Alberius and Zach Jackson shut down the Bulldogs over the final three innings to seal the win.
- Ended the regular season as the only player in the SEC with a batting average above .400 at .415.
- Leads the SEC in home runs (17), on base percentage (.511) and total bases (145).
- Leads the country with a .771 slugging percentage.
- Has reached base safely in 26 straight games.
- Has hit safely in 24 of the last 26 games, including a career-long 10-game hitting streak.
- Reached base in 41 of his final 59 regular season plate appearances.
- Did not strikeout over his final 46 plate appearances of the regular season.
- Has 11 multi-hit games over the last 14 contests.
- Arkansas finishes the regular season with a 33-20 record and 17-12 mark in SEC play.
- Arkansas is locked into the No. 5 seed in the upcoming SEC Tournament and will play the No. 12 seed in the fourth game of the day on Tuesday, May 26.
- The Razorbacks closed out the regular season winning 18 of 23 games and eight of their last nine road contests.
- The Arkansas pitching staff has held opponents to two runs or less in nine of the last 12 games.
- Arkansas did not drop a series over its final eight SEC weekends.
- Joe Serrano now has reached base safely in 22 straight games and has a season-high nine-game hitting streak
- Brett McAfee logged his ninth multi-hit game on the season
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