With DJ Baxendale struggling this season in conference play, Ryne Stanek got the Friday night nod for the Razorbacks, but had a rough outing himself.
The Razorbacks got on the board first in the second inning on a Jake Wise RBI bunt. Arkansas then took the lead back in the fifth inning after Georgia (19-11, 5-5 SEC) tied the game with an unearned run on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs answered in the top half of the sixth by scoring three runs on Stanek (6-1) to hand the sophomore right-hander his first loss of the season.
"He had some really good innings," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "He had one bad inning where he made just a couple bad mistakes."
"We had just scored a run and that was the 'get us back in the dugout' inning and it didn't happen. They punch in three, take the lead and their pitcher came out and got right after us and put us right back into the dugout. We knew we were in for a battle right there."
"Alex Wood was outstanding," Van Horn said. "He basically just threw fastballs but threw where wanted. He kept it away and then he'd bust us in and he got the calls inside. If he's getting the calls in then you have to do what you have to do. It's tough."
"He threw good change, too . When you can throw 93, 94 or 95 - I'm not entirely sure where he's at - and then you can throw a nice change-up, it makes for a long night."
The Bulldogs' sophomore left-hander struck out 10 batters and threw 115 pitches in a complete game win.
"He pitched similar to last year," said Arkansas first baseman Dominic Ficociello who recorded two hits and scored one of the Razorbacks' two runs in the game. "He's gotten better, but we hit plenty of balls on the screws, just right at guys. Other times we didn't have very good at-bats.
"He had probably the game of his life tonight and he should be proud of it."
With the loss, Arkansas dropped to 22-7 and 5-5 in conference play. Barrett Astin will start his second game of the season for the Razorbacks in Saturday's 2:05 p.m. match-up with the Bulldogs.