Georgia Tops Razorbacks 8-4; Bulldogs Clinch S
BY ANDRES FOCIL
Athens, Ga. – Despite being out-hit for the game, the Georgia Bulldogs clinched the series win over the Razorbacks with an 8-4 victory Saturday afternoon.
The Razorbacks pounded out 13 hits on the day, but were held to just four runs as they stranded 11 runners on base. The 13 hits tied the third highest total for the Razorbacks this season.
Arkansas dropped to 8-8 overall and 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference, while the Bulldogs improved to 8-3 and 2-0 in conference play.
Gary Hogan, Jr., fell to 1-2 on the year after giving up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits in four and one-third innings of work.
The Bulldogs manufactured a run to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Kris Edge drew a two-out walk and moved to third on a single by David Coffee. Lee Mitchell then singled up the middle to plate Edge.
Georgia added to its lead with a two-out home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Marshall Szabo connected on his first home run of the year with a runner on to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs increased their lead to 5-0 with another two-run blast, this time in the fifth inning. David Coffey took Hogan’s first pitch over the right-center fence and off the scoreboard with Kris Edge aboard for a five-run cushion. Georgia continued the onslaught with another two-run bomb in the fifth. Jon Armitage chased Hogan with a home run over the centerfield fence with Matt Cavender aboard to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 advantage.
Arkansas got on the scoreboard in the sixth. Ryan Fox doubled down the third base line and scored on a single through the right side by Michael Conner. The Razorbacks continued the rally when Nick Pitts doubled to right to move Conner to third with only one out in the inning. Brady Toops pinch hit for Clay Goodwin and drove in Conner with an infield single to second base to make it a 7-2 game.
Still with only one out in the sixth, Brett Hagedorn plated Pitts with a single to shallow center to cut the lead to 7-3. Hagedorn’s RBI single chased Georgia starter Bill Sharpton. Arkansas made it 7-4 on a fielding error by the Georgia second baseman. The error scored Toops. The Bulldogs ended the scoring threat when Jeff Fletcher grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Georgia added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh. David Coffey led off with an inside the park home run that bounced off the wall in center and scooted past Michael Conner and gave the Bulldogs an 8-4 advantage.
Georgia reliever Jeffery Carswell pitched the final three and one-third innings, holding the Razorbacks off the scoreboard to preserve the win and seal the series victory for the Bulldogs.
Sharpton earned the win and improved to 2-0 on the year. Carswell notched his second save of the season.
The Bulldogs and Razorbacks conclude their series Sunday at noon CT from Foley Field in Athens.
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