Florida 8, Arkansas 2

Florida snapped a bunch of Arkansas streaks in an 8-2 SEC baseball victory on Saturday at Gainesville. Zack Cox didn't reach base for the first time this season and the Hogs couldn't handle Gator pitching.

Gainesville -- Arkansas sophomore Zack Cox, the SEC's top hitter, had reached base in every game this season. He had hit safely in all but one -- and that one was a narrow miss against Centenary.

But there was no doubt in any of his at bats against Florida. He went hitless and didn't reach in No. 7 Florida's 8-2 victory Saturday.

There were other streaks that came to a streaking halt. The Hogs, rated fourth in the Collegiate Baseball poll, had won nine straight SEC games since losing a Friday night setback to Kentucky three weeks ago. They had won 13 straight overall.

Bryson Smith hit a three-run homer on the first pitch delivered by reliever Geoffrey Davenport. Starter Brett Eibner had allowed a two-run double in the six-run Florida fourth.

Eibner was the only offense the Hogs had. He had a run scoring double, then scored the only other UA run when the Hogs closed it to 7-2 in the sixth. Eibner gave up six runs (five earned) in his shortest SEC stint, 3 2/3 innings. He was touched for 7 hits in a 72-pitch outing.

"(Florida) got a couple of big hits and obviously, the three-run home run was a dagger," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "They got a couple more hits with two outs and kept building on that lead. We had our chances but couldn't come up with the big hit and that's a credit to their pitching.

"Tomorrow is a big game for both teams. Obviously, both teams want to win the series. If we can win this third game on the road, we can make a big statement."

Florida hurlers Hudson Randall and Greg Larson combined to limit the Hogs to nine hits. Travis Sample and James McCann each had two hits. The heart of the UA order, Cox and Andy Wilkins, combined for an 0-for-8 day.

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