Establishing a third starter behind regulars Nick Schmidt and Charley Boyce has been a question mark for Arkansas during the past two weeks. A native of Booneville, Holloway will fulfill a life-long goal when he starts for the first time at home next Sunday.
"It's a dream come true for me," Holloway said. "I've always wanted to start at Baum Stadium for the Razorbacks. Next week, I'll get that chance. It's also nice to help out the team whether it's starting, out of the pen, closing or whatever. That's my job. I'm a team guy. That's what I want to be."
Holloway, a left-hander, mixed in enough offspeed pitches with fastballs to limit Florida to two runs on four hits through 5 1/3 innings. He was on a pitch count or he would have stayed in longer. He threw 56 pitches, including 40 for strikes.
Florida coach Pat McMahon was impressed with Holloway, who started a day early since Boyce, the scheduled Saturday starter, was ill.
"I thought Trey did a great job of mixing in and changing patterns," McMahon said. "Our hitters ended up elevating a lot of balls for pop-ups and that's not like us."
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn and McMahon both bragged on Holloway's competitiveness. Van Horn said it's those types of pitchers that he enjoys watching the most.
"You don't have to throw 90 mph to get people out. You've just got to be able to pitch," Van Horn said. "I love guys that pitch. As a hitter, those guys are the guys that can get you out. Those throwers are going to make a mistake and you can hurt them pretty quick.
"Trey is a competitor. If you're going to get beat, do it with a guy who's going to give you everything they've got and not back down and that's what Trey did."
Arkansas' Danny Hamblin continues to show a knack for coming up with hits with runners on base and increased his Southeastern Conference-leading RBI total to 28 after driving in two runs Saturday.
He sliced a single to right field for his first RBI, but it was the run he drove in without getting a hit that impressed the most. With one out and runners at second and third, Hamblin slapped a grounder to the right side of the infield to push what proved to be the winning run across in the fifth inning.
"When I went down and talked to him before the at-bat I said, 'They're going to pitch around you,'" Van Horn said. "'So if you have to, get on top of the plate and step across it and hit something the other way.' First pitch, he hits it off the end of the bat and we get a run in that ended up winning the game for us."
Hamblin went 2-for-4 on Saturday and is 4-for-8 during the series. He said the key to driving in runs is keeping it simple.
"Driving in runs is why I'm in the lineup, it's my job," Hamblin said. "You don't change your approach. Don't go up there thinking you have to drive this guy in because when you do that, you're walking back to the dugout after striking out."
Van Horn found out Boyce was sick about two hours prior to Friday's game. The Hogs starter apparently ate something that didn't agree with his stomach at a Gainesville restaurant Thursday night.
"I won't mention the restaurant because I like it," Van Horn said. "He went to eat with a bunch of the players and he was the only one that got sick. He was throwing up off and on all night and just kind of dry heaving. He was even throwing up in that port-a-potty (next to the opponent's bullpen) before the game (Friday), so it wasn't pretty.
"I asked him (Saturday) if he felt all right and he said, 'Yeah.' So hopefully, he'll get his strength back."
If healthy, Boyce will make his school record 51st start today.
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