ATHENS — Brett Eibner tossed a complete-game one-hitter and struck out 12 as fifth-ranked Arkansas avoided the sweep with a 2-0 win over No. 1 Georgia on Sunday at Foley Field.
Eibner and the Razorbacks (26-11, 11-6 SEC) handed the Bulldogs their first shutout loss since a 9-0 setback to Ole Miss on April 8, 2007. It was also the first time Georgia was one-hit since an 8-0 loss to Georgia Tech on April 20, 1994.
Georgia (31-8, 13-5 SEC) had its five-game SEC winning streak snapped despite a solid outing by Justin Grimm (2-2), who tossed a career-high seven innings and allowed just two runs-one earned-on three hits with six strikeouts.
“I’m disappointed for Justin Grimm because he pitched so well today,” Georgia coach David Perno said. “You have to tip your cap to Eibner. He was very good. We got our guys up in the right situations today, but just couldn’t do anything. We really have to get some guys going again.”
Grimm faced the minimum and limited Arkansas to one hit until he ran into trouble in the sixth. After an infield single by Zack Cox to start the inning, Jarrod McKinney reached on an error, then both scored on a double to left center by Chase Leavitt to give the Razorbacks a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs’ lone hit came on a one-out double by Matt Cerione in the third. Cerione led off the ninth with a walk, but Eibner (4-2) retired the next three batters.