Baseball

Junior Chad Spanberger takes a hack during Saturday's game against the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Razorback baseball team beat the Georgia Bulldogs 11-3 to complete the weekend sweep Saturday.

The win improved the Razorbacks’ record to 29-8 and an 11-4 mark in the Southeastern Conference.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 15-22 overall and a 4-11 mark in the SEC.

The 15 SEC games mark the midway point of conference play and at 11-4 the Razorbacks lead the conference.

The win comes on the heels of a 2016 season that saw Arkansas finish in last. Razorback head coach Dave Van Horn said he wants the team to focus on the task at hand and not focus too much on the standings.

“It’s where you want to be, we have 15 left. We’re not jumping for joy, we haven’t even talked about it,” Van Horn said.

Georgia got on the board in the first inning after shortstop Cam Shepherd doubled and was driven in by third baseman Aaron Schunk.

The Razorbacks answered in a big way with a seven run second inning. Catcher Grant Koch led off the inning with a single. Third baseman Jared Gates hit a seemingly harmless ground ball, but Bulldog second baseman Will Proctor’s throw was wide at second base and Koch and Gates advanced into scoring position.

Razorback second baseman Carson Shaddy knocked them both in with a single. Right fielder Eric Cole followed up the at bat with a single and center fielder Dominic Fletcher position with a sacrifice bunt.

Shortstop Jax Biggers followed with a two-run single, and designated hitter Evan Lee followed with another single. First baseman Chad Spanberger capped off the scoring with an opposite field home run, his eighth of the season.

Arkansas got two runs back in the fourth. Evan Lee led off with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Left Fielder Luke Bonfield doubled him home then advanced to third on a long flyout by Koch. Bonfield then scored on a passed ball by Biggar.

Arkansas tacked on two more in the bottom of the fifth when Fletcher led off with a walk and Biggers got on with a bunt single. Spanberger singled to load the bases. Bonfield singled them in to make it 11-3.

Georgia starter Chase Adkins went 1 and ⅓ innings giving up seven runs, six earned and took the loss. Arkansas starter Josh Alberius went three innings giving up three runs, two earned. Arkansas reliever Kevin Kopps got the win going 5 ⅔ and not allowing a run.

Arkansas has a midweek series with the Memphis Tigers which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Baum Stadium. The second game will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dickey-Stephens Park in Little Rock.

 

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