Georgia Pounds Razorbacks 10-3 in SEC Opener
BY ANDRES FOCIL
Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Bulldogs blew open a close game with five runs in the fifth inning to come away with a 10-3 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Southeastern Conference opener Friday night in Athens.
The Razorbacks dropped to 8-7 overall and 0-1 in the SEC, while Georgia improved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Arkansas starter Charlie Isaacson suffered his shortest outing in eight starts by going three and two-thirds innings and allowing five runs on seven hits. Isaacson also walked four and hit one batter. Isaacson’s previous shortest start came on April 23, 2001, when he lasted just three innings against Ole Miss.
Isaacson’s record fell to 1-3 with loss. Georgia’s Mickey Westphal moved to 2-0 after going five innings and giving up three runs on five hits. Westphal struck out five and walked two batters. Brandon Moorehead pitched the final four innings to earn his second save of the year.
Arkansas jumped on the scoreboard first with three runs in the top of the second inning.
Ryan Fox ripped his fifth home run of the year over the right field fence to lead off the inning. Nick Pitts and Jeff Fletcher then hit consecutive singles and Cody Clark loaded the bases with no outs after reaching on a bunt single.
Clay Goodwin walked on four pitches to bring home Pitts. Luke Weatherford then plated Fletcher with a fielder’s choice to give the Razorbacks a 3-0 lead.
The Razorbacks did not enjoy their lead for long as the Bulldogs tallied three runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game. Jon Armitage singled and stole second to begin the inning and scored on Clint Sammons’ single through the left side.
Sammons scored on a ground out by Darryl Blaze. Marshall Szabo, who singled to left, moved to second on a throwing error by first baseman Nick Pitts and scored on a fielding error by shortstop Jeff Fletcher to even the game at 3-3.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Chaz Lylte ripped a two-out double to right and scored on a bases loaded walk. Kris Edge then came home on an infield single to third to give Georgia a 5-3 lead.
Georgia added to its lead with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. A bases loaded walk with one out scored Szabo for the first run of the inning. David Coffey then laced a bases loaded double down the first base line to score two more runs and give the Bulldogs an 8-3 lead. Lee Mitchell plated another run with a single to right to make it a 9-3 deficit for the Razorbacks. Georgia made it 10-3 on an RBI single by Matt Cavender
After allowing three runs on five hits through two innings, Westphal and Moorhead combined to hold the Razorbacks to just two hits and five total base runners after the third inning.
The Razorbacks have lost a season-high four straight games and will send Gary Hogan, Jr., to the mound Saturday. Hogan is 1-1 on the year with a 3.08 earned run average. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT from Foley Field in Athens.
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