ATHENS, Ga. – A nine-run fifth inning gave Georgia the lead for good as the Bulldogs earned a 14-8 win over Arkansas in Saturday’s second game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Foley Field.
The victory was the fourth in a row for UGA (27-16, 11-8 SEC) while the Razorbacks (16-26, 2-16 SEC) suffered their sixth-consecutive loss, 14th in their last 15 games and 20th in their last 23 games. UA also saw its school-record losing streak in conference games stretched to 16.
Bulldog reliever Jeffery Carswell (4-3) earned the victory with four innings of scoreless, three-hit relief. Arkansas reliever Gary Hogan Jr. (2-4) suffered the loss after giving up six runs (earned) in just one-third of an inning in relief of UA starter Brad Bohannan.
Arkansas took an early lead when Jack Welsh crossed home on an errant pick-off attempt and Jeff Hoefler scored on Scott Crossett’s RBI groundout for a 2-0 Razorback lead after the top of the first.
Georgia answered with three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning, including an RBI single by Andy Neufeld and an RBI double by Adam Swann.
UGA expanded its lead to 4-2 with another unearned run in the third when Jeff Keppinger singled and scored on a passed ball.
Arkansas took the lead in the top of the fifth inning with five runs on six hits, including a two-run single by Hoefler, RBI singles by Crossett and Welsh and an RBI double by Brian Kirby. The Razorbacks had gone 14 games without scoring five runs in an inning, dating back to the ninth inning of their 10-3 win at Kansas on March 22.
The UA lead was short-lived, however, as UGA scored nine runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth for a 14-7 lead. Swann provided the big blow, a grand slam off UA reliever Jeremy Rankin.
Arkansas scored on a bases-loaded walk with no outs in the in the sixth, but Carswell came out of the bullpen got consecutive strikeouts and a groundout to get the Bulldogs out of the inning.
Georgia will try to hand the Razorbacks their fifth three-game SEC series sweep of the year when the series concludes Sunday at 11 a.m. CT.