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Arkansas 16, Florida 0 (7 innings)

The Diamond Hogs are heading to the SEC Tournament championship game.

Chad Spanberger and company piled it on Florida to help Arkansas advance to the fourth Southeastern Conference championship game in school history.

The slugger from Illinois hit two more home runs and the Razorbacks cruised to a 16-0 mercy-rule victory over the Gators in the SEC Tournament semifinals. They'll play LSU in the title game at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

In addition to his two homers, which he hit in his first two at bats, Spanberger also hit a double and finished the game 3 for 6.

Spanberger has put on a hitting clinic during the Razorbacks' four games in Hoover, Ala., going 8 for 16 with three doubles, five home runs, 10 RBIs and five walks.

He wasn't the only Arkansas player showing off his power. Eric Cole and Dominic Fletcher hit two-run home runs in the second and fourth innings, respectively. It was Fletcher's 12th home run of the season, which is one shy of tying Zack Cox's freshman record at Arkansas.

Cole, Spanberger and Fletcher were three of four Razorbacks who notched three hits in the game, with the other being Jax Biggers

Since blowing a late lead against Mississippi State in their opening game, the Razorbacks have scored 37 runs in 22 innings. Two of those three games have ended in seven innings because of the SEC Tournament's mercy rule.

As good as Arkansas was at the plate, sophomore left-hander Kacey Murphy was just as good on the mound. In a seven-inning complete game, he allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out eight.

The only Florida player to reach second base was Jonathan India when he hit a two-out double in the third inning. However, he was stranded when Murphy got Austin Langworthy to ground out.

The last time Arkansas reached the SEC Tournament championship game was 2007. That year, the Razorbacks lost to Vanderbilt 7-4.

Both of their other trips to the title game came under head coach Norm DeBriyn. Arkansas lost to Auburn and Alabama in 1998 and 1999, respectively.

During the regular season, the Razorbacks dropped two of three games against LSU at Baum Stadium. They won the series opener and jumped out to an 8-1 lead in Game 2, but a five-run ninth inning completed a comeback for the Tigers. Arkansas lost the rubber match 2-0.


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