Dodson Impressive In Second Straight Complete

ATHENS, Ga. -- For just the second time, Georgia right-hander Stephen Dodson started in the intimidating atmosphere of a Friday night in the Southeastern Conference.

But for the second straight week, he was the one doing the intimidating. Dodson silenced Arkansas' batters throughout the Razorbacks' 6-1 loss Friday night, recording his second consecutive complete game. Last week, Dodson went the distance in a 4-1 victory at Alabama. The 6-foot-5 sophomore gave up just Danny Hamblin's third-inning home run, allowed only four hits and struck out six Arkansas hitters. "He's been lights out," Georgia coach David Perno said. "He's been as good as anybody in the league for the last month." Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn complimented Dodson for his consistency. Dodson threw 78 of his 108 pitches for strikes and confused the Hogs with unpredictable movement on his two-seam fastball. "His fastball's got some sink on it," Van Horn said. "When he got it up, we hit it. When he kept it down, we hit a lot of groundballs." Dodson's performance resulted in the Razorbacks recording just four hits, which tied a season-low. His complete-game effort was a rare bright spot for Georgia, which has lost eight one-run games and all four of its extra-inning games this season. "This was the best I've pitched ever in my life," Dodson said. "I had a lot of confidence on the mound, and I was just in a zone." Couldn't Come Through Late Arkansas threatened to narrow Georgia's lead several times. Tim Smalling nearly drilled a two-out, two-run home run in the fifth inning. But Georgia left fielder Travis Parrott retreated to the warning track and caught the ball in his left hand with his right hand bracing the fence. Then, Arkansas put runners on first and second with one out in the seventh inning and runners on first and second with no outs in the eighth inning. The Hogs didn't score in either situation. In the seventh, Dodson struck out Hamblin and Brian Walker to end the inning. In the eighth, Sean Jones, Logan Forsythe and Jeff Nutt all grounded out. "It was a disappointing effort for us offensively," Van Horn said. "We should've scored a couple more runs, at least, late in the game." Short Hops Friday's game lasted just one hour and 57 minutes. ... The players who occupied the two-through-five slots in the batting order -- Jones, Forsythe, Nutt and Casey Coon -- combined to go 0-for-15. ... Forsythe went hitless for the first time in Southeastern Conference play, halting a 15-game league hitting streak. ... Schmidt gave up six runs only one other time in his career, in a 7-6 loss at LSU on April 28, 2006.

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