Dawgs fall 5-4 at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK - A two-out wild pitch in the tenth inning allowed pinch-runner Clint Arnold to score and give 11th-ranked Arkansas a 5-4 win over No. 25 Georgia Sunday to salvage the final game in the SEC series.

Arkansas (20-5, 2-4 SEC) saw a 4-1 lead evaporate in the ninth when the Bulldogs (17-5, 3-3 SEC) rallied to tie it and force extra innings. However with one out in the 10th, catcher Brian Walker smacked a double to left. Stephen Robison moved Arnold to third when he put a bunt down the first base line and was retired for the second out. With a 2-2 count on Logan Forsythe, Rip Warren's offering bounced off home plate and popped straight in the air as Arnold came home for the win.

Devin Collis pitched the final 1.1 innings for the win and improve to 2-0 while Warren dropped to 3-1.

"It's tough to lose like that, we kept fighting and our kids hung in there but overall, it's a huge boost to win two of three here," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We played better then last week and that's one of your goals is to get better as the season goes along, and we did this week. Our young pitchers did a nice job today, and we had a chance to win one more here but it didn't happen."

Arkansas jumped on top 2-0 in the third. Logan Forsythe led off with a base hit and shortstop Matt Willard put a bunt down the first base line that was fielded by Josh Morris. He attempted a swipe tag but apparently missed Willard who scooted down to first. After a sacrifice bunt by Craig Gentry, designated hitter Wayne Hrozek delivered a two-run single to left field.

Arkansas had a chance to break the game open in the fifth, loading the bases with nobody out and managed just one unearned run. Freshman Trevor Holder got Hrozek to bounce in to a double play and then got power-hitter Danny Hamblin to ground out as the Razorbacks carried a 3-0 lead to the sixth.

Georgia spoiled Holloway's shutout bid in the seventh. With one out, Bobby Felmy launched a solo home run to right field and out of the stadium to make it 3-1. The blast extended Felmy's hitting streak to 11 games and was his second home run of the series.

In the eighth, the Razorbacks went back up by three on a run-scoring double by Brian Walker bringing Jake Dugger home who reached on a scary single to start the frame. He lined one back to the mound and it hit pitcher Nick DeSilvio in the side of the head. After several minutes, DeSilvio was able to leave the field on his own. DeSilvio was taken to a local hospital and Perno indicated that he probably would be returning to Athens with the team.

In the ninth, Georgia used a three-run rally to tie it at 4-all. After a leadoff walk to Jason Jacobs, Morris connected for his team-leading seventh home run to make it 4-3. With two outs, third baseman Blake Parker, who just came in the game in that inning, misplayed a grounder by Jonathan Wyatt to keep the inning alive. Ryan Peisel fell behind 0-2 but worked the count back to full and then drilled a double to the gap in left center as Wyatt raced home to make it 4-4. Arkansas put two on with one out in the bottom of the ninth but redshirt freshman Stephen Dodson struck out Hamblin. Then, the Bulldogs looked to left-hander Rip Warren to get out the lefty Dugger, and he got him to bounce in to a fielder's choice to send it to extra innings.

Up next, Georgia will have a two-game midweek series with 10th-ranked Clemson. The Bulldogs play host to the Tigers Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Foley Field. Then, Georgia will travel to Clemson on Wednesday to complete the series at 7 p.m.

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