Following a 3-0 win on Friday, the No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks fell in game two of their series at home against the Georgia Bulldogs by sputtering to a 7-3 loss on Saturday night. Peyton Pallette would get the start and see the Hogs through the first 4.2 innings by allowing seven hits and administering eight strikeouts. Both teams traded runs throughout the game with the two sides tied at 3-3 heading to the seventh inning. However, the bullpen proved to be the difference as Arkansas used a total of six different pitchers in the game while Georgia only used three. Holding the Hogs to just six hits, the Bulldogs would pull away late to win and set up a pivotal game three on Sunday to determine the series.
Peyton Pallette has established himself as a reliable Saturday pitcher in his last few outings, but he would give up a home run to only the second batter he faced in Josh McAllister to give Georgia the early 1-0 lead. Despite the rocky start, he would settle into the game and hold the Bulldogs scoreless until the fifth.
The Hogs wouldn’t have to wait long to get on the board themselves in the second inning to tie the game 1-1. After Christian Franklin hit a double to advance Brady Slavens to third, Robert Moore would hit a sacrifice fly off of Georgia’s starting pitcher Jonathan Cannon to bring him home.
Arkansas soon would grab the lead in the next inning. Jalen Battles and Zack Gregory would get on base, setting up Matt Goodheart to hit an RBI double to left field.
Slavens would ground out to force a second run, and the Hogs were up 3-1 over Georgia.
Meanwhile, Robert Moore would get in on the action with a nifty defensive play.
However, the Bulldogs would even the game in a bizarre fifth inning. They would lead off the frame with two on base and no outs. After the Razorbacks turned a double play, McAllister would hit a bunt single to score the runner on third, but a pair of wild throws straight out of something like you would see in Little League would be enough to bring him home all the way from first. The score was 3-3 as Georgia managed two runs on two hits and two errors. Pallette’s night would effectively be done after that. He allowed seven hits with two earned runs along with eight strikeouts.
In the seventh, Zack Morris would enter the game, but Ben Anderson promptly hammered the first pitch that he saw for a two-run homer as the Bulldogs would retake the lead 5-3.
Unfortunately, the Hogs could not get anything going on offense in the later innings. Jaden Woods would pitch for four scoreless innings in relief as the Razorbacks had a streak of eight consecutive batters retired at one point. They would threaten with the bases loaded in the seventh, but Franklin would strike out to end the inning. The Hogs were 1-of-10 with runners in scoring position on the night.
Georgia would add two more runs before the end of the game. Fernando Gonzalez would hit a clever single up the middle after initially squaring up to bunt, which vacated the center of the field for the ball to travel. Not long afterward, new pitcher Heston Tole would hit a batter with the bases loaded, and Georgia won game two of the series 7-3.
Woods was credited with the win for the Bulldogs. Ryan Costeiu got the loss for Arkansas. The Razorbacks are now 35-9 overall and 16-7 in the SEC. Currently, they are in a four-way tie for the lead in the conference.
The rubber match will be on Sunday starting at 2 pm.