Georgia Avoids Sweep With 10-4 Win Over Arkans
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Georgia Bulldogs snapped 22nd-ranked Arkansas’ seven game winning streak and avoided a weekend sweep with a 10-4 victory over the Razorbacks Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas dropped to 25-6 overall and 7-5 in the Southeastern Conference with the loss, while Georgia improved to 15-15 overall and 2-10 in the SEC.
Jarrett Gardner (3-2) took the loss for Arkansas after giving up seven runs, five earned, on six hits in one and one-third innings of work.
Mickey Westphal (3-0) pitched six solid innings for Georgia to earn the victory. Westphal allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and had two strikeouts. Brandon Moorehead earned his first save after pitching the final three innings allowing one run, earned, on one hit with six strikeouts.
The Bulldogs jumped on Gardner early, scoring seven runs on six hits in the first two innings. Lee Mitchell hit a two-run home run for the first runs of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Jon Armitage followed two batters later with solo home run for a 3-0 Georgia lead.
Georgia added to its lead in the second inning. Marshall Szabo plated a run with a single. Following a hit-by-pitch and an error, Mitchell drove in his third and fourth runs of the game with a two-run single that pushed the Georgia lead to 7-0.
The Bulldogs continued the offensive outburst with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Armitage doubled with one out and scored on a single by Justin McClain. Following a single by Josh Smith, Szabo then brought both runners home with a double to give Georgia a 10-0 lead.
Arkansas ended the shutout bid in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Scott Bridges. Clay Goodwin reached on an error and moved to second when Jason Pyle walked. Following a fly out by Judd Kindle, Bridges singled up the middle for the first Razorback run of the game.
The Razorbacks plated another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Haas Pratt singled and came around to score on a single by Goodwin to make it a 10-2 game. Arkansas made it a 10-3 game when Ryan Fox tripled to center to bring home Pratt with two outs in the sixth.
The Hogs plated another run in the bottom of the eighth when Fox hit his second triple of the game, this time with Goodwin aboard, to cut the Georgia lead to 10-4.
Arkansas returns to action Tuesday, April 8, with a road trip to Omaha, Neb., to take on the Creighton Bluejays. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m.
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