Drew Smyly just kept rolling along Friday night, pitching seven strong innings as No. 9 Arkansas beat No. 7 Florida 8-3.
Smyly earned his fourth win in as many starts by allowing just five hits and striking out 10 batters as the Razorbacks won their 13th consecutive game.
Arkansas (33-6, 13-3 SEC) took the lead for good on a Bo Bigham two-run home run in the sixth inning and the Razorbacks extended the lead to 6-2 with Collin Kuhn's three-run home run in the seventh.
"Arkansas is a good hitting team," Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "They are an experienced team, a team that has been to Omaha and knows how to win. We ran into a really good pitcher on a Friday night who was making great pitches. That's just the way it goes."
Florida (26-11, 10-6) responded with a solo home run by Mike Zunino to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning but the Razorbacks came back with two more in the eighth. Andy Wilkins scored on a Travis Sample RBI fielder's choice and Monk Kreder made it 8-3 on a James McCann RBI double.
Kreder, who had a 20-game hit streak entering Friday night, finished the game 0-for-3.
Zack Cox, who once had a 24-game hit streak this season, extended his current streak to 14 games by going 2-for-5. Cox, who has reached base in all 39 games this season, has at least two hits in 11 straight games.
Smyly and Florida left-hander Alex Panteliodis had a pitcher's duel for a while. It looked as if the Gator sophomore would get the upper-hand after the Gators took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.
Smyly struck out Preston Tucker for the third out of the inning but the Florida first baseman was able to reach when the ball got past the catcher to load the bases. That was pivotal when Smyly balked one batter later, allowing Nolan Fantana to score from third.
Kuhn had thrown out Zunino at third base from right field earlier in the inning to save at least one run in the inning.
Panteliodis was handed just his second loss of the season, allowing five runs on five hits in six innings of work. He struck out six Arkansas batters.
Senior Mike Bolsinger pitched the final two innings for Arkansas, allowing no base-runners and striking out four batters. Razorback pitching struck out 14 Gators on the night.
Florida scored in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead after Fantana led off with a double. But Arkansas responded in the top of the second with Sample's second home run in as many games to tie it 1-1.
The Razorbacks hit three home runs against the Gators but were unable to record at least 10 hits, snapping a streak of 17 straight times that had happened.
The two teams will meet again Saturday. Brett Eibner (3-2, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for Arkansas while Florida will start right-hander Hudson Randall (3-3, 4.12).
Arkansas 8, Florida 3
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