FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 11 Arkansas came through with a run in the bottom of the 10th-inning on a wild pitch to secure a must-win SEC game with a 5-4 victory over No. 25 Georgia in front of 5,308 fans at Baum Stadium on Sunday.
Georgia reliever Rip Warren uncorked the wild pitch on a 1-2 count scoring Clint Arnold from third base who had pinch run for Brian Walker after his one-out double into the left-center field gap. Arnold had moved to third on Stephen Robison’s but attempt in the previous at bat.
The win snapped a three-game SEC-losing streak for the injury-ravaged Razorbacks and improved their record to 20-5 on the season and 2-4 in SEC action. Georgia falls to 17-5 with the loss and 3-3 in league play.
Walker entered the game in a 0-for-23 slump dating back to the March 11 game against Cal State Northridge. He finished 2 for 4 with two doubles and a RBI.
Devin Collis earned the win for Arkansas out of the bullpen to improve to 2-0. He held the Bulldogs hitless over the final 1.1 innings. Warren fell to 3-1 on the season with the loss. He allowed just the one run on one hit in one inning of work.
Trey Holloway started and threw a career-best seven innings before leaving the game with a 3-1 lead. He allowed just four Georgia hits on the afternoon and one run to lower his ERA to 2.77.
Shaun Seibert pitched a hitless eighth inning for the Hogs before being relived by Daryl Maday after walking the leadoff hitter in the ninth inning.
Maday came on and promptly gave up a two-run home run to Georgia clean-up man Josh Morris. Maday then got Bobby Felmy to fly out to left field and Robbins to pop up to the second baseman. With two outs, UGA’s Jonathan Wyatt reached base on a fielding error on new UA third baseman Blake Parker.
Maday then surrendered a RBI double off the bat of Ryan Peisel on a full count to tie the game at 4-4. Collis then came on to strikeout Matthew Dunn to end the inning.
Walker finally broke through in the bottom of the eighth inning with a RBI double down the left-field line giving the Razorbacks a 4-1 cushion heading into the ninth inning.
The Hogs took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning by stringing together three hits highlighted by Wayne Hrozek’s two-RBI single past a diving third baseman. UA scored its third run in the fifth inning as Hrozek grounded into a double play, scoring Logan Forsythe who led off the inning with a walk.
Felmy got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard in the seventh inning with a solo home run over the right-field bullpen.
Georgia pitcher Nick DeSilvio was hit in the head with a screaming-line drive off the bat of Jake Dugger to leadoff the eighth inning. DeSilvio was taken to the hospital for test and diagnosed with a slight concussion. He is expected to be fine and traveling home with the Georgia team tonight.
Dugger also broke out of a slump at the plate on Sunday with two hits. Hrozek was 2 for 5 at the plate with two RBI and Craig Gentry extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning single.
Arkansas ventures to No. 13 Wichita State on Tuesday for a mid-week showdown with the Shockers from Eck Stadium at 7 p.m. The Hogs then return home to host No. 12 Tennessee on March 31-April 2 at Baum Stadium.