Dawgs Blank #11 Arkansas 2-0

FAYETTEVILLE - Brooks Brown and Joshua Fields combined on a two-hit shutout as No. 25 Georgia blanked 11th-ranked Arkansas 2-0 Friday in front of 3,541 at Baum Stadium.

The Bulldogs (16-4, 2-2 SEC) recorded their fourth shutout of the season as the Razorbacks (19-4, 1-3 SEC) managed just a pair of infield singles off Brown who went seven innings and improved to 3-1. Fields recorded his fourth save, striking out five of the six hitters he faced over the final two frames.

Georgia's offense came courtesy of an inside-the-park home run by senior Bobby Felmy in the fourth and a run-scoring triple in the fifth by junior Joey Side who tied his career high by going 4-for-5. Arkansas starter Nick Schmidt struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings but got the loss to fall to 4-2. For Felmy, it was his fourth home run of the season. It was the first inside-the park home by a Bulldog since Kyle Keen did in 2004 in Statesboro against Georgia Southern. In the fifth, Matthew Dunn smacked a leadoff double and Side followed with a run-scoring triple to make it 2-0. Schmidt recovered to strike out the side, getting Gordon Beckham, Jason Jacobs and Josh Morris. In fact, Schmidt recorded nine of his strikeouts when the Bulldogs had a runner in scoring position Friday.

Arkansas' biggest threat came in the first when Brown pitched around a leadoff error by third baseman Ryan Peisel and the Razorbacks would go on to load the bases with one out in that frame. However, Brown got Clint Arnold to pop out to catcher Jason Jacobs and then Brian Walker flew out to right to keep it a scoreless game. Overall, Brown and Fields faced just five over the minimum. Brown allowed two hits with three walk and six strikeouts.

"This was a great college baseball game in a tremendous environment," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Brooks is a fierce competitor and Nick Schmidt is something special too. The turning point was that bottom of the first when Brooks pitched out of trouble. This was a huge win for him, it was his night. He went on the road and beat one of the premier pitchers in the country.

"Joshua was lights out too, and he really responded after his last outing against Alabama where he gave up a couple of runs. This is how you have to play on the road to be successful," Perno added. "Joey Side struck out his first at bat and then showed a lot of maturity as he ended up with a four-hit game and Matthew Dunn sure is fun to watch. He has been a spark for us and has played very well but offensively and defensively."

The Bulldogs won the first time on a Friday night in Fayetteville as the Bulldogs came to town just 2-10 all-time against the Razorbacks here. For the Bulldogs, it was their first SEC shutout on the road since 2004 against Auburn. It was the first home loss of the year for the Razorbacks and the first time they have been shutout since LSU posted one here in 2005.

The series resumes Saturday with senior left-hander Mickey Westphal (2-0, 3.86) going for the Bulldogs against Razorback senior right-hander Charley Boyce (2-0, 3.88). First pitch is slated for 5:05 p.m. ET.

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