ATHENS, Ga. – Josh Dorminy hit a grand slam to help Georgia defeat Arkansas 15-5 on Sunday, completing the Bulldogs’ first-ever three-game Southeastern Conference sweep of the Razorbacks.
Georgia reliever Phillip Sledge (1-0) gave up one run (unearned) on three hits in 2 2/3 innings to claim his first win of the season. Jeffery Carswell, who earned the win in relief in Saturday’s 14-8 Bulldog victory, earned his second save of the season with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief.
Razorback starter Wes McCrotty (0-5) took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits in two innings of work.
The victory was the fifth in a row for the Bulldogs (28-16, 12-8 SEC) while the Razorbacks (16-27, 2-17 SEC) suffered their seventh-consecutive loss, their 15th defeat in their last 16 games and their 21st loss in their last 24 games. Georgia became the fifth SEC team to sweep a three-game series this year against Arkansas, which earned five three-game sweeps in conference play last season en route to an SEC title.
The loss kept the Razorbacks winless in their last six SEC series.
UA saw its school-record losing streak in conference games stretch to 17 games and set a new school single-season record for conference losses. With 27 losses overall, this year’s Arkansas club has matched the 1994 team’s school record for losses in a season.
Andy Neufeld led off the Georgia seventh with a home run that keyed the Bulldogs’ seven-run inning as UGA used five hits and three Razorback errors to put the game out of reach. Neufeld’s homer was his ninth of the season
Arkansas had trimmed the UGA lead to 8-5 in the sixth when Jack Welsh scored from first on Jeff Hoefler’s double to right-center field that was misplayed by Georgia right fielder Adam Swann. Hoefler finished with three hits for the second day in a row, but committed two of the Hogs’ six errors. Bryan King added another three hits for the Razorbacks as both he and Hoefler matched career highs in hits.
For the second time in as many days, the Razorbacks scored first but failed to make the early lead advantage up. Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Justin Riley reached on an error and came around to score on Nick Pitts’ sacrifice fly. UGA answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, including the 14th home run of the year by Doc Brooks and an RBI double by Brian Rainwater that gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage.
The Hogs took a 3-2 lead in the third when Hoefler followed Welsh’s leadoff double with his second home run of the season.
Dorminy’s grand slam in the bottom of the third gave the Bulldogs a 6-3 lead they expanded to 8-3 in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to Brooks and Andy Neufeld’s sacrifice fly. Dorminy’s blast was his sixth home of the season.
Hoefler doubled to leadoff the UA fifth and scored on Brian Kirby’s single to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 8-4. With runners at first and second an no outs, Arkansas threatened to cut into the UGA lead even more until Sledge came out of the bullpen to get the Bulldogs out of the inning with a groundout and two strikeouts.
Georgia will travel to Atlanta to face rival Georgia Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT. Arkansas will host Wichita State on Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT in hopes of snapping its seven-game losing streak overall and its 13-game losing streak at home.