Tim Casey / UAA Communications

#2 Gators sweep Razorbacks with 8-2 win

Another big run inning and a resourceful, yet dominant pitching performance by sophomore starter Alex Faedo saw the Florida Gators (33-5/11-4 SEC) finish a sweep of the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville Saturday. The Gators used a five-run sixth inning to blow open a scoreless tie on the way to an 8-2 victory. 

The sweep was the first against the Razorbacks since 2001 and the first for Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan against Arkansas. This is also the first time the Razorbacks have been swept at home since South Carolina did so in 2010. The Gators never trailed during the entire series.

Faedo (7-1) threw 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. It was the third double digit strike out appearance for the crafty sophomore and the first in conference play. The Razorbacks threatened with bases loaded and none out in the second inning. After sophomore catcher Mike Rivera got on to Faedo about his location of a few pitches during that stretch, the soph buckled down and started hitting his stride. You could see and hear Rivera cheering on the man at the plate when he got the ball rolling. The Razorbacks had two more runners in the third only to see Faedo pitch his way out of that jam as well.

Razorback junior Zach Jackson (2-4) threw a masterful game until the sixth inning. Jackson threw five scoreless and no-hit innings until sophomore Jeremy Vasquez (2-for-3) finally broke the streak with a single to start the inning. Freshman Nelson Maldonado then walked before sophomore Dalton Guthrie flew out to left field for the first out. Jackson then loaded the bases by walking freshman Deacon Liput. Vasquez would then be the first to score when Buddy Reed was it by a pitch with the bases loaded. Arkansas would then trot out senior Doug Wiley to replace Jackson (5.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R) and sophomore J.J. Schwarz did his job by hitting a ball deep to right field sacrificing Maldonado home for the second run of the inning. That’s when junior Pete Alonso just cleared the right field fence with a three run home run and the Gators five spot in the inning.

It was Alonzo’s team leading eighth home run of the season.

The Gators would manufacture a run in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. It was quite like Thursday night when the Gators were scoreless until the fourth they scored six in the forth and then scored in every inning afterward.

Liput punched in a pinch running Ryan Larson with a single through the right side. Larson was running for Vasquez and advanced to second when sophomore Dalton Guthrie was hit by a pitch.

Faedo was finally replaced in the seventh after giving up a blooper double to Michael Bernal and then a long fly out to and then a long fly out to left field from Rick Nomura. Junior Kirby Snead would take over for Faedo and gave up a two-out hard hit double off the left field wall to bring home Bernal and break the ice for Arkansas, but Snead would end it there.

Larson would get a bases-loaded one-out single on a bouncing ball to short that Bernal couldn’t handle and scored Schwarz who reached on an error to begin the inning.

The Gators would also add a run in the ninth after Arkansas pitchers Jordan Rodriquez and Barrett Loseke loaded the bases with three walks Buddy Reed getting to third as the first walk in the inning. Reed would score on a wild pitch from Loseke for the Gators’ final run.

Arkansas added one in the ninth for the final score with a two-out RBI double from Jake Arledge. Brady Singer (1.1 IP, 3 K) came in to close with two outs in the eighth and gave up the earned run to Arledge


The Gators host Jacksonville Tuesday at 7 p.m. to complete a two-game season series with the Dolphins in a game telecast live on-line on the SEC Network+. Florida hosts Georgia for a three game series starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and that first game will be live on ESPNU.  

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