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Gators eliminated with 16-0 pummeling by Arkansas

Arkansas jumped out to an early lead and beat Florida 16-0 in the 2017 SEC Tournament Semifinals on Saturday afternoon.

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Arkansas (42-16) led the league with 75 home runs entering Saturday and used four homers to overpower Florida (42-16) on Saturday.

The Gators will return home and prepare for next weekend’s NCAA Regionals. Host sites will be announced Sunday night and regional matchups will be revealed on Monday afternoon.

Florida managed only two hits off Razorbacks’ starter Kacey Murphy, a double in the third inning from Jonathan India and infield single from Austin Langworthy in the sixth inning.

Arkansas’ hot hitting continued on Saturday as the Razorbacks jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings. The first six batters of the game reached against Brady Singer as the Hogs took a 5-0 lead in the first.

In the second inning, Eric Cole and Chad Spanberger hit back-to-back home runs. The solo shot from Spanberger was his second of the day after a two-run shot in the first, giving him five for the tournament.

Singer was replaced in the second inning after allowing a career-high eight runs on seven hits.

Arkansas hit its fourth home run of the game – a season high against the Gators – in the fourth inning to make it 10-0.

The hits kept coming for the Razorbacks, adding four runs in the fifth inning on three hits, including a two-run single from Dominic Fletcher.

Two final runs in the seventh inning made it 16-0 as the game ended on the tournament’s run rule (10+ lead after seven innings).

FLORIDA COACH KEVIN O’SULLIVAN QUOTES: 

“Obviously we have to credit Arkansas, they can swing the bats really well. It’s the first time Brady has been hit like that the whole year. Credit their hitters, they did a really nice job. We fell behind early and it was hard for us to play catch up. It was just one of those games that got away from us early and like I said, you’ve just got to credit Arkansas. They deserved the win obviously. We’ll bounce back, we’ve got the regional at home and the supers at home. We just need to regroup. Congratulations to Arkansas and LSU for advancing to the Championship Game.”


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