April 29, 2011
ATHENS, Ga., -- Georgia fell to 14th-ranked Arkansas 10-4 Friday night in game one of an SEC series at Foley Field.
Arkansas (29-11, 10-9 SEC) jumped off to an early 2-0 lead off sophomore left-hander Alex Wood. Bo Bingham led off the game with a double and later scored on a triple by James McCann. Dominic Ficociello then drove in McCann with a single to cap the scoring.
Arkansas extended its lead to 5-1 with a three-run outburst in the third on three hits and one Bulldog error. After two scoreless innings, the Razorbacks increased their lead to 6-1 when Tim Carver scored on Bingham's second hit of the night. The Bulldogs responded with a double play to close out the top of the inning.
Wood (4-5) left with one out in the sixth after allowing six runs (three earned) on 11 hits. Fiociello hit his third homerun of the season giving the Razorbacks a 7-1 lead over the Bulldogs in the seventh off senior John Herman.
Arkansas pitcher DJ Baxendale picked up the win to improve to 6-1. He provided seven innings and allowed one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeout. He retired 17 straight batters at one point before hitting Brandon Stephens in the seventh.
Tim Carver stole three bases to remained perfect on the year at 14-for-14. Bingham reached base for the fifth time recording his second RBI of the game as he drove in Carver from second in the top of the eighth to extend Arkansas lead to 8-1.
The Bulldogs couldn't find their rhythm in game one against the Razorbacks, according to Georgia coach David Perno.
"We played poorly in every phase," said Perno " They out pitched us and outplayed us. Our team had a rough game tonight but credit Arkansas because they played really well and I don't want to take anything away from them."
The Bulldogs continue with game two of the series at 1:03 p.m. Saturday and be televised by ESPN2.
"Every game we have is crucial. We have to stay focused and hopefully, Michael (Palazzone) can come out Saturday and pitch another game for us and we'll bounce back," Perno added.