GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Arkansas supported Trey Killian's complete game with great defense, but no offense as Florida clinched the series in the SEC baseball opener with a 1-0 victory Saturday night.
The Gators (13-6) used three pitchers to blank the Razorbacks on three hits. They got all the offense they would need on Peter Alonso's two-out homer in the first inning off Killian.
Arkansas (8-7) continued a trend of no offensive attack. The Hogs put runners at second and third with one out in the first, but Eric Fisher and Krisjohn Wilkerson, the Nos. 4-5 hitters, could not produce. The Hogs opened the season 7-0, but have dropped seven of eight. They lost, 2-1, on Friday night to the Gators.
The Hogs backed Killian with great defense. Fisher started an unorthodox double play in the fourth to squelch a Gator threat. He took a grounder to step on first and then throw to Jake Wise at the plate for a tag out for the third out in the inning after the Gators threatened with a one-out double. Wise threw out a runner at second and picked one off at first to back Killian.
"(Killian) did a great job," Van Horn said. "He gave up a solo home run with two outs in the first inning on a fastball out over the plate. It was a power hitter, and he just drove it. The ball jumps here when the sun is out for the most part and the ball got out of the park.
"He got in trouble in a couple of other innings and battled his way out of it. I thought we did a good job playing defense for the second day in a row, as did Florida. Nobody really made any mistakes. Again, we just didn't get the hit."
Van Horn said the team continues to fight, the key in rebounding from a tough stretch of close losses.
"I'm proud of the way the guys played," Van Horn said. "They busted it and wanted to win and played hard. I've never been part of a streak of one-run losses like this but I told them to keep fighting and find a way to turn this around.
"We have a good team. We are playing shorthanded with two of our starters and better offensive players out this weekend. Obviously, we could have used those guys these first two games but we still have tomorrow."
Andrew Benintendi, Jake Wise and Brian Anderson accounted for the only UA hits, all singles. The Gators had retired 13 batters until Anderson came up with a one out single in the ninth. Fisher and pinch hitter Michael Gunn were retired for the final two outs, Gunn going down on strikes to reliever Ryan Harris.
Dave Van Horn tried to shake up the lineup, moving Tyler Spoon to leadoff, moving Benintendi to second and swapping those two in the outfield as Spoon moved from right to center. Shortstop Brett McAfee went to the bench because of a bad back.
The final game of the series is set for 12:05 (CDT) Sunday.
Florida 1, Arkansas 0
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