ATHENS, Ga. – The Razorbacks wasted little time in grabbing their momentum right back on Friday night.
Bobby Wernes drilled a two-run homer in the first and Cullen Gassaway added a solo shot in the second to get Arkansas off and running to an 9-0 win at Georgia.
Razorback starting pitcher Keaton McKinney was brilliant while pitching seven scoreless innings while allowing just four hits, fanning four and walking three to get the win.
Michael Bernal had four of his team's 13 hits while Wernes, Gassaway and Andrew Benintendi each had two in the victory for the Razorbacks (32-20, 16-12) as they evened things up ahead of Saturday’s rubber game in the three-game series.
The win - coupled with Florida's win over Auburn - also locked Arkansas into the fifth seed in next week's SEC Tournament with the Razorbacks' first game coming Tuesdasy night in Hoover, Ala.
Georgia (26-27, 10-18), who had a whopping six errors and just five hits on Friday night, had taken the first game of the series 10-1 on Thursday night when the Razorbacks had four errors.
After Joe Serrano led off Friday night's game with a walk, Wernes got ahold of a pitch from Georgia starter Ryan Lawlor and drove it out of the park for a 2-0 lead.
Gassaway, starting in place of Clark Eagan at first base, drilled his homer in the second and the Razorbacks later scored an unearned for a 4-0 advantage.
Lawlor faced just two batters in the fourth inning before exiting in favor of Sean McLaughlin.
Arkansas pushed its lead to 8-0 in that fourth with Andrew Benintendi’s RBI single following runs scoring on a passed ball and an error and ahead of a sacrifice fly by Bret McAfee.
Benintendi's RBI double plated Wernes in the eighth to push that lead to 2-0.
Dominic Taccolini came on to pitch the final two innings for Arkansas while allowing one hit.
Arkansas 9, Georgia 0
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