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.