Wood Leads Georgia To 4-2 Win
April 6, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.-----Georgia sophomore Alex Wood pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts to lead Georgia to a 4-2 win over 13th-ranked Arkansas Friday.
A crowd of 7,552 watched a typical SEC Friday Night pitching duel as Wood notched his second career complete game to move to 4-1 on the year. Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek entered the contest leading the SEC in wins (six) and ERA (1.26) but got his first loss after allowing four runs on six hits in six innings pitched. The Razorbacks (22-7, 5-5 SEC) lost for just the second time in 20 home games this year.
Arkansas grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second. First baseman Dominic Ficociello led off with a double and went to third on a groundout by Sam Bates. Catcher Jake Wise put down a safety squeeze bunt down the first base line and wound up with an RBI-single as Ficociello scored for a 1-0 advantage.
Freshman designated hitter Nelson Ward drew a leadoff walk to start the contest, and then Stanek set down 11 in a row until two-out singles by freshman Hunter Cole and junior catcher Brett DeLoach in the fourth. For Cole, it extended his hitting streak to a team-best 13 games. He got out of the jam by striking out senior Colby May on three pitches to maintain a 1-0 edge.
Georgia (19-11, 5-5 SEC) tied the game in the fifth. Junior third baseman Curt Powell lined a double that centerfielder Jacob Morris misplayed, allowing Powell to advance to third. Stanek got ahead of senior Peter Verdin 0-2 and then uncorked a wild pitch as Powell raced home to make it 1-1.
The Razorbacks responded with a two-out rally in their half of the fifth to reclaim a 2-1 lead. Shortstop Tim Carver and designated hitter Jacob Mahan reached with a pair of singles. Then, Matt Reynolds lined a run-scoring single to left to plate Carver and Mahan tried to score but was thrown out on a strong relay from Cole to shortstop Kyle Farmer and on to DeLoach.
Bulldog senior Levi Hyams began the sixth with a ground-rule double. Farmer followed with a line-drive single that Hyams had to hold up to see drop before getting to third. Cole drew a five-pitch walk to load the bases for DeLoach. On a 1-0 pitch, Stanek tossed his second wild pitch of the night as Hyams scored to make it 2-all while Farmer and Cole moved in to scoring position. DeLoach grounded out to third and Farmer scored to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 edge. After Stanek struck out May, Conor Welton lined a two-out single that Carver kept from going in to the outfield. On his attempt to get Welton, Cole raced home for a 4-2 lead. Stanek retired Powell to end the top of the inning.
Stanek surrendered four runs on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in six innings of work. Arkansas turned to left-hander Cade Lynch to start the seventh.
"Alex was tremendous, and he got better as the game went along," said Georgia coach David Perno. "It's a team game, and as soon as we put three up, he went up to another level. He fed off of that. We need him to pitch like that, and we need to back it up with some offense, and we did that. It's a game, and we need to play at a high level but also remember to have fun."
The series continues Saturday at 3:05 p.m. ET.