ATHENS, Ga. – An ill-advised, two-out, two-strike pick-off throw by Trey Killian in the opening inning was a precursor for what turned into an Arkansas atrocity in Athens on Thursday night.
Georgia took advantage of two Razorback errors in the opening frame to score four runs and went on to down No. 21 Arkansas 10-1 in the opener of a three-game series.
It was a shocking manner of defeat for the Razorbacks (31-20, 15-12), who were outhit just 9-7 but fumbled away their shot to win with four errors during the contest despite being the SEC's second-best defensive team coming into the series.
It was a big win for the Bulldogs (26-26, 10-17) who were just 1-10 at home in league play coming in and moved one victory away from clinching one of the SEC Tournament’s 12 spots.
Georgia came into the game off a 6-0 win over Georgia Tech before 18,792 fans at the Atlanta Braves' Turner Stadium on Tuesday night.
Georgia starter and winner David Sosebee handcuffed the Razorbacks while going seven innings and allowing six hits while fanning seven, hitting a pair and walking one.
The night began going downhill when Killian was a strike away from getting out of the opening inning without a run scoring, but his wild pick off throw and an obstruction call on shortstop Michael Bernal opened the door the Bulldogs.
Brandon Stephens and Mitchell Webb followed with RBI singles and then Killian issued a bases-loaded walk to Nick King that made it 3-0.
Trey Logan’s RBI single plated another run, but Arkansas right fielder Tyler Spoon did gun down a runner at the plate to end the inning.
Killian’s second error of the night set up Jared Walsh’s double to plate Georgia’s fifth run of the night in the second inning.
He ended up going five innings while allowing five runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Arkansas did avoid the shutout when Joe Serrano delivered an RBI single in the fifth.
Georgia then added four runs off relievers Jacob Stone and Lance Phillips in the seventh with the aid of another Razorback error.
The two teams will meet again Friday night at 6 p.m.
Dave Van Horn
Georgia 10, Arkansas 1
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