Hogs walk-off against Dogs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Evan Lee scored the game-winning run in the 10th inning Friday night after Georgia committed two errors on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Eric Cole, giving the 15th-ranked Razorbacks the 5-4 victory over the Bulldogs. Lee, who reached earlier in the inning on a leadoff walk, scored from second after Georgia threw the ball away twice, securing the fourth conference series win for the Hogs.
Arkansas is now 28-8 on the season overall, winning three in a row, and are 10-4 in Southeastern Conference play, holding a half-game lead in the Western Division over Mississippi State, which won its first game of the weekend earlier in the evening.
In the 10th inning, Lee was brought in to pinch hit for third baseman Jack Kenley, his second pinch-hit appearance in as many weekends. The freshman worked a full count before drawing the walk to put a runner on with no outs.
Cole followed and dropped a sacrifice bunt right to the pitcher and looked to be on his way to beating out the throw. However, Georgia’s pitcher, Blake Cairnes, threw the ball over the first baseman’s head, allowing Cole and Lee to move up an extra base.
As the throw sailed to the backstop, Lee was held up at third, but the throw back into the infield from the right fielder went over the catcher’s head, allowing Lee to score the game-winning run.
Friday’s win marked Arkansas’ first extra-inning win of the season and third walk-off win. It’s also Arkansas’ fourth-straight series win over Georgia dating back to 2012.
Cole led all Razorback hitters with a 4-for-5 night at the plate, his first four hit game of his career. With the exception of his game-winning bunt single, three of his hits came with two outs.
In the game, Arkansas hitters went 11-for-20 (.550) and four of the five runs scored with two outs. It continues a trend for the Razorbacks as they are hitting .290 this year with two away in an inning.
Junior Luke Bonfield was 2-for-5 in the game with two RBIs and a home run in the seventh. His two-run blast was his second of the series and seventh of the year. At the time, it put Arkansas up 3-2 for its first lead of the game, but Georgia stormed back with a two-run ninth to send it to extras.
Sophomore Jake Reindl earned the win, his first of his career, after going scoreless over the final two innings, giving up just one hit and striking out one.
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