Arkansas jumped on the Gators early, scoring four runs in the first two innings, and added two in the fourth and three in the ninth after Florida pulled within 6-3 after the fourth inning. The Gators scored one run in the second and two in the fourth with no outs before being held scoreless over the final 6.0 innings. The win snapped Florida’s season-high seven-game winning streak and was the Gators’ first loss at home since Feb. 28.
Junior Jacob Stone (3-0) earned his third win of the season after he pitched 3.0 shutout innings, striking out three and allowing just one hit. Junior Chris Oliver made the start and allowed one unearned run over 2.0 innings. Junior Michael Gunn picked up his second save of 2014 by pitching the final 3.0 innings and allowing just one hit with no runs and one strikeout.
Senior team captain Jake Wise hit his first home run of the season, blasting a shot over the wall in left field leading off the second inning, and also added a double. Junior Brian Anderson led the Razorbacks with three RBI collected with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and a two-RBI double in the second. Freshman Andrew Benintendi and sophomore Tyler Spoon, batting first and second, respectively, each scored three runs to pace Arkansas from the top of the lineup.
The Razorbacks return home for a six-game stretch at Baum Stadium beginning Tuesday against Grambling State at 6:35 p.m. Arkansas and Grambling State play again Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. before Alabama comes to Fayetteville for Baum Stadium’s first SEC series. The Razorbacks and Crimson Tide play Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
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Coach Van Horn Quotes
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on Sunday’s win) – “I’m happy with our performance today. We scored early and built on it but then they made a run at us. The guys that came out of the bullpen did a nice job, and we just kept chipping away. It was big getting those three runs in the ninth to give us some cushion.”
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on the importance of winning Sunday) – “This was a huge win for us. Nobody in the SEC West won three games this weekend, so we are only one game down. We are within striking distance. This is a nine-week grind in SEC play and some tough games in between. I told them to enjoy this until we get off the plane in Fayetteville, and then we need to start thinking about Grambling on Tuesday. The team showed a lot of toughness to bounce back after a tough loss last night. I knew we were going to play well today. I didn’t know if we were going to win but I could tell we were going to play well.”
(Courtesy: Arkansas Sports Information)
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