ATHENS, Ga. – The 15th-ranked Razorbacks didn't have much offense on Saturday, but what they did have was timely.
After falling down 1-0 in the bottom seventh, Jacob Mahan's double started a two-run rally in the eighth as Arkansas edged Georgia 2-1 for their second win at Foley Field in as many days.
Jake Wise and Joe Serrano both had RBI singles later in the eighth to give the Razorbacks (29-15, 13-7) a chance to sweep the Bulldogs (16-28, 4-16) Sunday at 1:05 p.m. in game that will be televised by Cox Sports and CSS.
Arkansas ace Ryne Stanek (5-2) and Georgia starter Sean McLaughlin (4-6) were locked in a scoreless pitching dual for six innings, but the Bulldogs scratched out a run after the seventh-inning stretch.
Nelson Ward drew a leadoff walk from Stanek, moved up on Curt Powell's bunt single and then stole third. He scored when Kyle Farmer lofted sacrifice fly.
Winning pitcher Jalen Beeks (5-1) – who almost messed up a Brian Anderson catch in foul territory in the bullpen earlier – relieved Stanek and got the final out of the seventh.
Beeks retired the first two batters of the eighth inning before Landon Simpson got the final out of the inning and turned it over to closer Colby Suggs.
Suggs gave up a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Jess Posey – the younger brother of San Francisco Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey - but pitched around that and a single later in the inning.
Stanek pitched 6 2/3 innings while allowing seven of Georgia's eight hits, walking three and fanning three.
Arkansas' pitchers combined to strand 10 Georgia runners.
McLauglin hurled a complete game while allowing the Razorbacks just the two runs on five hits while whiffing five batters and not walking anyone.
"We continue to battle, and Sean was outstanding, but they put a couple of their hits together and came up with two runs and that was enough," Georgia coach David Perno said. "We're playing the right way, playing good defense, it's tough to put anything together against their pitching staff. Still, I thought we did as good as job as anybody against Stanek. We'll have to come out Sunday and hopefully come through when we get our opportunities with men on base."
Senior lefthander Randall Fant (3-1, 2.23) will take the mound for Arkansas while righty Bryan Razor (3-2, 4.38) is set to pitch for Georgia.
Arkansas 2, Georgia 1
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