FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — You can follow the Arkansas/Georgia game, Game 1, from Baum Stadium here on the live blog. Complete preview information can be found further below.
For only the second time in the game an inning has been played in which Arkansas didn’t score. Hogs still ahead, 13-1.
8:50 p.m. – The Diamond Hogs plated two more on another Georgia wild pitch + throwing error and a groundout. It’s 13-1. This is brutal.
8:39 p.m. – Jax Biggers. Solo shot. Right field. Fourth HR of the night for Arkansas. 11-1.
The Razorbacks have hit 49 home runs this season now. That’s the same total they had *all* of last season.
8:24 p.m. – No runs, no hits, no errors. But Georgia pitchers hit a batter, let him go to second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch. Dominic Fletcher left him stranded, though, when he struck out swinging to end the inning.
8:12 p.m. – Safe to say this thing is under control. Knight gave up a leadoff single but retired the next three.
8:03 p.m. – Georgia pitching is bad. One of the pitches to Spanberger was wild, allowing a run to score and the guys on first and second base to move up one. The Bulldogs decided they would intentionally walk Spanberger now with a base open and two outs. And, get this, one of the intentional balls went to the backstop. Another run scored.
Still, Georgia walked Spanberger. Luke Bonfield, the 3-hole hitter, was up next and took the very first pitch he saw over the left-centerfield wall.
Seven runs in the inning; 10-1 score.
7:56 p.m. – Bases are loaded for Spanberger. Two outs…
7:43 p.m. – Another homer. This one from Carson Shaddy, a two-run shot. Georgia starter Blakely Brown probably not gonna last much longer. It’s 5-1.
7:35 p.m. – Not a whole heck of a lot as Knight worked his first inning without trouble. Arkansas up, 3-1, heading to B3.
7:25 p.m. – Holy moly, Chad Spanberger. This guy is the MVP of the team over the last month. After homering in the first inning, he just knocked a two-run double down the right field line to give the Razorbacks a 3-1 lead.
Where did this guy come from?
6:57 p.m. – That lead didn’t last long. Michael Curry took Knight right out of the park. First pitch of the second. A solo shot to left has tied things as 1.
6:45 p.m. – This guy Chad Spanberger is an absolute beast. Another home run. It’s 1-0, Diamond Hogs.
6:41 p.m. – Blaine Knight gave up another walk. He’s falling apart. … Not really. It was his sixth of the year. And he proceeded to pick the guy off first. No score and no hits for the Bulldogs after a half-inning
The Arkansas baseball team gets another crack at an SEC series win at Baum Stadium when Georgia visits for three games starting Thursday.
This baseball weekend for the Diamond Hogs is rather meaningful. And it’s beyond the whole “there are no breaks in the SEC” tripe.
The Bulldogs are, well, not very good. They’ve lost series to Auburn, Missouri and LSU in SEC play. On top of that, Georgia was swept in two games by Mercer, lost a series to Rider and Charleston and split with Kennesaw State and Xavier. Not exactly baseball powerhouses.
Arkansas (26-8 overall, 8-4 SEC) won’t be more likely to procure a series sweep the rest of the season than against Georgia. That doesn’t mean the Razorbacks have to. But it does mean they have to win the series.
Van Horn’s team is currently tied for first in the SEC, but with three other teams. Two more teams are just a game back. Another four teams are two games back.
The SEC sits on a pin’s eye. One slip, one bad weekend can send a team from potential conference winner to eighth place.
Arkansas will throw ace right-hander Blaine Knight on Thursday. Knight is seventh in the SEC in earned-run average (1.94), fifth in opponents’ batting average (.192), eighth in strikeouts (54) and he leads the league in strikeout-to-walk ratio (54 to to 4).
Georgia (15-19, 4-8) counters with the worst team ERA in the conference and the 12th-best batting average team.
A series win would keep Arkansas on pace with the other top teams. A sweep would be a bonus. One of them has to happen the way the SEC is headed.
Return here when the game begins for immediate updates from Baum Stadium.
What time are the games?
Game 1: Thursday, 6:35 p.m.
Game 2: Friday, 6 p.m.
Game 3: Saturday, 2 p.m.
How can I watch?
All three games are available on SEC Network+. Fans can watch via WatchESPN or the WatchESPN app.
Who is calling the Arkansas game?
Alex Perlman handles the play-by-play and Troy Eklund will be the analyst.
Arkansas baseball schedule
April 13-15: vs. Georgia
April 18-19: vs. Memphis
April 21-23: @ Auburn
April 25: vs. Kansas State (Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City)
April 27-29: vs. Ole Miss
May 4-6: @ Tennessee
May 12-14: vs. Vanderbilt
May 18-20: @ Texas A&M
May 23-28: SEC Tournament
June 2-5: NCAA Regionals
June 9-12: NCAA Super Regionals
June 17-29: College World Series