April 8, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.-----The 13th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks shut out Georgia 8-0 Sunday to take an SEC series at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks (24-7, 7-5 SEC) got eight strong innings from DJ Baxendale (6-1) as he scattered six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out seven. The Bulldogs dropped to 19-13 overall, 5-7 in the SEC.
In the second, Arkansas had a chance for a big inning, loading the bases with two outs. Designated hitter Brian Anderson picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk and then freshman right-hander Pete Nagel got out of the jam by getting leadoff hitter Tim Carver to pop out to keep it 1-0. However, Nagel was chased in the third after hitting Jacob Mahan and then surrendering a two-run home run to Dominic Ficociello. By the end of the frame, the Razorbacks led 5-0. Nagel fell to 0-1. Ficociello notched his third RBI with a run-scoring single off Blake Dieterich as the Razorbacks plated three insurance runs for the final.
Georgia's best chance to score came in the sixth when Conor Welton and Levi Hyams notched singles to start the frame and bring up the 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup. However, Baxendale retired shortstop Kyle Farmer on a flyout, left fielder Hunter Cole on a groundout and designated hitter Brett DeLoach on a flyout. Right-hander Nolan Sanburn came on for Arkansas in the ninth to complete the shutout. Cole saw his 14-game hitting streak end after going 0-for-3, but he did draw a walk in the ninth.
"We only scored seven runs all weekend, and we managed to win one game," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We've got to get some guys going, both in our starting pitching and some of our veteran hitters. We've got to get Michael (Palazzone) going and that will help us and our bullpen too. I was pleased with how Bryan Benzor pitched in relief today. We're one good weekend from getting back in it."
The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday when they go on the road to face Clemson at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised by CSS. An early reminder that Georgia's next SEC series will start Thursday night at Foley Field against No. 10 Ole Miss on ESPNU.