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#2 Gators pound the Hogs 9-2

No. 2 Florida took game two at Arkansas in Baum Stadium Friday night.   The Gators pulled away and buried the Hogs to clinch the weekend series with one game left on Saturday.  Big run innings have been the reason for the recent Gator wins with a 6 run frame Thursday night and a 5 run frame Friday night.  The Hogs are currently in a 7 game conference losing streak after falling short to the Gators 9-2. 

Coming off of a stellar freshman year, pitchers have learned they need to take caution when facing JJ Schwarz, resulting in a lot of walks this season. The sophomore slugger lived up to his name Friday night and went two for three with one run and 3 RBIs.

Dalton Guthrie got the ball rolling for the Gators in the first with a lead off double and was brought back in by Buddy Reed for a 1-0 lead.  Logan Shore debuted on the mound for the weekend and was clean for the first 3 innings until giving up a homer in the fourth to tie up the game. 

Florida completely pulled away with a lead in the fifth with five runs.  Schwarz stepped up with Deacon Liput and Reed on base and brought Reed home with a RBI single to grab the lead at 2-1.  After Pete Alonso’s walk the bases were full with Gators, and continued with Jonathan India’s RBI single.  Mike Rivera’s 2 run single and Nelson Maldonado’s 1 run grounder ended the fifth with a large 6-1 lead over the Hogs.

Florida followed up an eventful fifth inning to put 2 more on the board in the sixth.  Schwarz ripped a nice 2 run double to lengthen the Gator lead 8-1. 

Shore had his longest outing since March 11th against Harvard with 6.2 innings and 98 pitches. Left-handed pitcher Kirby Snead took the mound in the seventh. Snead holds the most appearances in the SEC this season, making Friday’s game number 22.  After facing only 2 batters, Snead was quickly replaced by right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning in the eighth.  Dunning closed out the game for the Gators giving up 1 run in the eighth.    

Florida ended the night with 9 runs and 13 hits.  Arkansas came up short with 2 runs, 9 hits, and 2 errors. 

Alex Faedo will take the mound for the Gators on Saturday to close out the Florida Arkansas series.

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