ATHENS, Ga. -- Andrew Benintendi reached base four times to lead Arkansas to an 8-1 victory to end the SEC regular season, finishing Georgia's season Saturday afternoon.
Arkansas (33-20) won its seventh SEC series in eight weekends to finish with a 17-12 league record. The Hogs split a two-game weather shortened series with Tennessee the previous weekend. They did not lose an SEC series after going 1-5 against Vanderbilt and LSU to open the schedule.
Georgia (26-28, 10-19) had won the opener, 10-1, on Thursday night, but the Hogs answered with a 9-0 victory on Friday and built an 8-0 lead in the third inning in the finale at Foley Field. Georgia was eliminated from a spot in the SEC tournament when Tennessee won.
Arkansas, the fifth seed, will play in the final game Tuesday night in the SEC tournament against either Tennessee or Alabama. That seeding won't be complete until after Alabama's game with Vanderbilt to end the SEC regular season Saturday night.
Benintendi had a double, single, walk and was hit by pitch in his five plate appearances. He reached base in 41 of his last 59 at bats for a .695 on-base percentage. His season batting average of .415 leads the SEC.
Arkansas starter James Teague (4-3) exited with one out in the fifth on a pitch count. He was never in trouble.
Jackson Lowery allowed a leadoff triple in the sixth and that run scored when the Hogs could not complete a double play, Georgia's only run in the last two games of the series.
Josh Alberius pitched two perfect innings with Zach Jackson allowing a single in the ninth.
Georgia starter Robert Tyler (1-1) gave up all eight Arkansas runs. He did not make it out of the third inning. A member of the Team USA team coached last summer by UA coach Dave Van Horn, Tyler has battled arm trouble and was making just his fifth appearance of the season.
The Hogs jumped on Tyler quickly. Clark Eagan opened the game with an infield hit, Benintendi walked and Tyler Spook stroked a two-run double. Spoon moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Rick Nomura's sacrifice fly.
In the UA second, Bret McAfee singled, Michael Bernal's slug bunt bounced into right field with McAfee rolling to third. Carson Shaddy plated McAfee with a ground out. The lead jumped to 5-0 when Joe Serrano doubled off the wall in left.
In the third, Benintendi led off with a walk. After an error, McAfee smacked a two-run single to left. Shaddy's single plated the final run.
Arkansas 8, Georgia 1
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