Diamond Hogs Can't Recover, Lose Series

FAYETTEVILLE — So much for a quick turnaround. One day after wasting a nine-run lead, Arkansas put the finishing touches on a wasted weekend in a 13-2 loss against Georgia in front of 3,961 in Baum Stadium. And unlike Saturday, this time around the Bulldogs took the momentum from the start and never looked back.

"I just hope we learned a lot from these last 14 or 15 innings," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. "We've got a tough road ahead with the schedule we put together, and I just hope the guys will get better and fight through some of this adversity.

"They didn't handle the loss from (Saturday) night very well. We tried to leave them alone after the game and today just let them go out and get ready without rah-rah or getting after guys. And we just got it handed to us today."

Riding high after their huge rally the day before, the Bulldogs (8-7, 2-1 in Southeastern Conference) jumped ahead early and often. Scoring nine runs in the first four innings, Georgia took command and quickly showed the sun-soaked crowd who was better prepared to finish the series off with a win.

"I told our team if you were going to split (the first two games) that's how you'd want to do it, with all the momentum in your corner," Georgia coach David Perno said. "And then an early turnaround, a 12 o'clock start and our kids were really excited to play."

While the Razorbacks (12-5, 1-2) carried over their poor play of the final few innings from Saturday's game — committing three errors, adding in a baserunning blunder and getting little pitching from James Mahler and three relievers — the Bulldogs were nearly flawless. And while the Georgia bats took care of business from the get-go, Bulldogs hurler Nathan Moreau also did his part by holding Arkansas in check.

"That hadn't happened in our history a lot, where you lose on Friday on the road and come back and win the series," Perno said. "That's a first for me and I've been here 11 years. I don't think it's ever happened. In 2001 we might have done it once, so I'm really proud of our kids for turning the corner."

And now, Arkansas must turn the corner itself and put this weekend in the past as a five-game road trip to Nebraska and LSU awaits this week.

"You do what you do everytime you lose," said junior third basemen Logan Forsythe, who had two of Arkansas' three errors. "You learn from it and you build on the mistakes you made.

"You know, we found this weekend a couple more things we've got to work on. And we've got to work them out (Monday) and take it onto Lincoln."

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