Georgia Baseball Finds Its Groove, Clubs Arkansas


The Bulldog baseball team picked the best possible time to play its best baseball of the season and is now one game from a spot in the SEC Tournament.

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The Georgia baseball team (26-26, 10-17 SEC) defeated number 20 Arkansas 10-1 on Thursday and now needs only a win or a Tennessee loss to clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament.

A week ago, the season appeared lost. But the Bulldogs, playing their best ball of the season, won four straight, including a resounding win over Georgia Tech, and are on verge of extending their season into the SEC Tournament.

Before 2,200 fans on Alex Wood bobblehead night at Foley Field, Starter David Sosebee (4-3) pitched seven innings of one-run ball and third baseman Mitchell Webb went 2-3 with a double and three RBIs.

David Sosebee came out and gave us exactly what we needed, a quality start,” head coach Scott Stricklin told “He went seven innings and just kept them off balance, threw a lot of strikes, got the slider working and had some strikeouts. We played great defense behind him and had clutch hitting, two-out hitting.”

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In the first inning, Arkansas pitcher Trey Killian became distracted by base runner Keegan McGovern and with two out and two strikes on Daniel Nichols, two pick off attempts went awry, sending McGovern to third base while walking Nichols. Before Killian could regain his composure, Brandon Stephens, Trey Logan and Webb singled in four runs. Georgia tacked on one more in the second when Jared Walsh doubled in Stephen Wrenn.

Arkansas pushed across a run in the fifth inning, but the Dawgs sealed the game with a five-run seventh inning. Leftfielder Keegan McGovern doubled and then scored on Daniel Nichols’ single. Following a two-RBI double by Webb, Arkansas’ Carson Shaddy threw the ball into left field during a rundown for the final Bulldog runs scored.

Sosebee allowed one earned run, scattering six hits, with only one walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings. Taylor Hicks and Austin Wallace combined to pitch two scoreless innings to finish off the game. Sosebee’s strong effort sets up the Bulldog pitching staff for a big weekend.

Georgia and Arkansas will play game two of the series on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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