FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas closed out its regular season with a 10-0 loss to Georgia Sunday afternoon at Bogle Park.
A.J. Belans tallied her team-leading 12th double of the season and Loren Krzysko extended her on-base streak to 14-consecutive games.
The Razorbacks will enter next week’s SEC Tournament with a 31-21 overall record under second-year coach Courtney Deifel, a 14-game improvement from last season.
Prior to Sunday’s game, Arkansas celebrated its senior and graduating class of Parker Pocklington, Marley Harmon, Betina Beringhele, Grace Moll, Stephanie Canfield, Kylie Smith, Shelby Hiers, Nicole Schroeder and manager Katie Magness. The team also recognized its opponent with a flower for Georgia’s seniors.
Trailing 3-0 through four and a half, the Razorbacks put together their first scoring threat of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Madison Yannetti drew a one-out walk, and after a Georgia error at shortstop, the home team had runners on second and third with one out.
However, the would-be rally was cut short with a fly out to right field and ground ball to short. Prior to the fifth, Arkansas’ lone base runner came courtesy of a walk to Ashley Diaz in the third frame.
Georgia (33-21, 6-18 SEC) added two more runs in the top of the sixth to push its advantage to 5-0. The Razorbacks looked to respond with another rally in the home half of the inning that started with a walk to Krzysko.
On the first offering in her at-bat against reliever Kylie Bass, Belans lined a double to left center for Arkansas’ first hit of the game and to put two runners in scoring position for a second-straight inning. The visitors got out of the jam with a fly ball to right field.
The Bulldogs tacked on five more runs in the top of the seventh inning to cushion its lead. Sunday’s finale marked the first time Arkansas has given up double-digit runs this season.
Cortni Emanuel paced Georgia’s offense with three hits and two runs scored in the game.
With a win in Friday’s series opener against Georgia, the Razorbacks secured a spot in next week’s SEC Tournament which begins Wednesday in Knoxville, Tenn.
Seeding and game information will be announced following the day’s slate of league games.
In addition to online coverage, the first two rounds of the SEC Tournament will be televised on the SEC Network with the semifinals and final airing on ESPNU and ESPN, respectively.