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April 26, 2013

Hogs blank Dawgs

Friday night's game with Arkansas was a perfect example of how fleeting success on the baseball diamond can be.

Just three days after scoring 17 runs against Georgia Tech, Georgia managed only six hits and were blanked by the 14th-ranked Razorbacks 2-0.

"We didn't have a lot of balance in our lineup tonight," head coach David Perno said. "It's one of those situations where we're close, but we're close enough to get beat."

Hits were few and far between.

The Bulldogs (16-27, 4-15) managed just six hits against starter Barrett Astin (3-2) and reliever Colby Suggs, who picked up his sixth save. Leadoff hitter Curt Powell and No. 2 Kyle Farmer accounted for four of those hits with the final four in the lineup going a combined 0-for-13 with seven strikeouts.

Ironically, Georgia's best scoring opportunity came in the first but after loading the bases with two out, Daniel Nichols flew out to end inning.

"We had our chances that inning but you've got to tip your hat to that guy," Powell said. "Those two guys who came in were really good. (Astin) came in with a 1.80 ERA and definitely showed us tonight why they've got it."

Arkansas only fared a little better.

Starter Patrick Boling (2-6), Blake Dieterich and Dylan Cole held the Razorbacks (28-15, 12-7) to six hits.

But Georgia's offense couldn't give them a hand.

After blowing their first-inning opportunity, Georgia saw the Razorbacks take a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Brian Anderson before adding another run in the eighth when Anderson was hit by a Dieterich pitch with the bases loaded.

NOTES: Hunter Cole's sacrifice bunt in the first inning was the first of his career. Cole also made the defensive play of the game when he dove head-first toward the left-field foul line to grab a fly ball for the third out of the eighth inning. … Georgia and Arkansas continue their series Saturday at 12:07 p.m. The game will be televised live on SportSouth.

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