Georgia put up four goose eggs to start the game, but Arkansas pitching couldn't get the Bulldogs out in the last five. The result was a huge Razorback collapse, a 10-1 lead that turned into a 15-11 SEC loss on a chilly Saturday at Baum Stadium.
The Hogs fell apart after Logan Forsythe's fielding error on a routine grounder to his left that would have ended the sixth with a 10-2 lead. Georgia scored three more in the inning to close it to 10-5. The Bulldogs batted around for seven runs in the seventh for a 12-10 lead and never looked back.
UA record books are not clear on blown leads, but the last similar loss came in March of 2006 when Florida rallied from a 7-0 deficit for a victory.
Arkansas wasted a superb start from Shaun Seibert. The junior righthander shut down the Bulldogs before tiring in the sixth inning. He was charged with only two earned runs, two more scoring after the Forsythe error.
The Arkansas bullpen (Dallas Keuchel, Travis Hill and Justin Wells) allowed 12 hits and 11 runs down the stretch. Arkansas pitching gave up 19 hits on the day.
Mike Bolsinger was set to be the first reliever out of the UA bullpen, but was hit by a stomach bug during the game and was not available.
Georgia catcher Bryce Massanari slammed two home runs -- one of them off the top of the batter's eye in center -- to account for four RBI. He went four for five on the day. The Bulldogs added seven doubles, two of them by Massanari.
The Hogs scored four in the first, then added one in the third, three in the fourth and two more in the fifth. They could get only one thereafter, that one on a double-play grounder in the eighth. Andy Wilkins led the Hogs with a three-run homer in the first. Forsythe went four for five with three runs scored and two RBI.
Forsythe, a junior, had committed some throwing errors, but no fielding errors since his freshman season.
"Give Georgia credit, they took advantage of what we gave them," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We gave them an extra out in the sixth and then in the seventh we couldn't stop them.
"The pitcher we had hoped to use (first from the bullpen) was sick throwing up in the dugout."
Asked about the turnaround from possibly being up 2-0 in the series to playing the rubber game on Sunday, Van Horn said, "We'll find out tomorrow what we are made of. We have got to slow them down. We have to play nine innings, not five or six. There's not a lot else to say."
Seibert said he didn't have all of his pitches working, but took advantage of a sharp slider.
"My curve wasn't doing much so they were sitting on that pitch and I had to stick it in my back pocket," he said. "The slider was pretty good. But I'm not satisfied. No loser is ever satisfied."
Georgia 15, Arkansas 11
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