Georgia-Arkansas: No. 1 Bulldogs Fail to Sweep No. 5 Razorbacks

Wes HoltzclawCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 24:  Matt Cerione #10 of the Georgia Bulldogs stands ready at bat against the Fresno State Bulldogs during Game 2 of the 2008 Men's College World Series Championship on June 24, 2008 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

No. 1 Georgia was looking to sweep No.5 Arkansas today, but Razorbacks' Pitcher Brett Eibner had different plans. Eibner and Georgia pitcher Justin Grimm dueled for seven innings, but Eibner was able to come out on top.

Grimm went seven strong innings giving up only two runs (one unearned) on three hits, while striking out six and walking only one. He gave way to reliever Jeff Walters, who pitched the last two innings giving up only two hits while striking out two.

The Georgia offense was never able to get anything going against Eibner, who one-hit the Dawgs in a complete-game shutout. Eibner, who struck out 12 and walked three had all of his pitches working today.

Arkansas scored their only runs in the top of the sixth inning, when Zack Cox singled to start the inning, Jarrod McKinney hit one to shortstop Levi Hyams, and both runners were safe on a Hyams throwing error.

James McCann then sacrificed both runners over, setting up runners on second and third for Chase Leavitt, who then hit a double scoring both runners to take a 2-0 lead.

With the top of the lineup batting in the ninth, Eibner walked Matt Cerione before inducing fly outs from Colby May, Rich Poythress, and Bryce Manassari to end the game.

Georgia falls to 31-8 (13-5 in the SEC) on the season and will face Kennesaw St. on Tuesday in Athens, then travel Jacksonville St. on Wednesday, and finish the week with a three game set at Ole Miss.