UF loses to Hogs in baseball

The University of Florida baseball team (19-5, 1-1 SEC) was kept off the scoreboard most of the day and lost to the University of Arkansas (15-7, 1-1 SEC) on Saturday by a score of 8-2. The two teams will play the rubber game tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Florida would leave 11 on base and had multiple chances to push runs across. The Gators had two runners or more aboard in five different innings but could not come up with the clutch hits.

A four-run sixth inning proved to be too much for the Gators to overcome. With the game tied at two, Brady Toops and Blake Parker led off the inning with two straight singles. Toops would score two batters later on a Devin Day single. The two Razorbacks aboard would come home on a triple down the right field line by Scott Hode. Hode would score the last of four runs in the inning on a Jake Dugger single to make it 6-2.

Connor Falkenbach (5-1) took his first loss of the season when he came on in relief of starting pitcher Bryan Ball. Falkenbach pitched one inning and gave up four hits and four runs. Ball went 4 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and two runs with three walks and three strikeouts.

The Razorbacks played some small ball and scored two runs in the first three innings. In the second, Ball fell behind in the count and gave up a single to Haas Pratt followed by another base hit to Brady Toops to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, Brett Hagedorn hit a ground ball to score Pratt. Pratt drove in a runner the next inning with a single after back-to-back walks to Casey Rowlett and Danny Hamblin with two outs.

After staying off the scoreboard the first three innings, the Gators tied the game at two in the fourth. Stephen Barton led off and was plunked by Arkansas starting pitcher Charley Boyce. Justin Tordi followed with a single and catcher Brian Jeroloman loaded the bases when trying to sacrifice bunt but stayed aboard due to a throwing error by Boyce. Brian Leclerc hit a sacrifice fly to left after battling in the at bat for 11 pitches. Adam Davis hit a single to center to drive in Jeroloman.

For the second straight game freshmen provided much of the offense as Brian Jeroloman and Adam Davis were the only Gators with multiple hits. Davis went 3-for-5 and drove in one of the two Florida runs while Jeroloman was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Arkansas would score two more in the ninth to extend their lead. Hamblin and Pratt got on with a single and walk and Hamblin came home on a fielding error. Stephen Robinson who pinch ran for Pratt would come home on a sacrifice fly by Parker for the final run of the contest.

Boyce improved to 3-1 as he went six innings and gave up seven hits and two runs (one earned) with no walks and five strikeouts. Caton Hall would earn the save as he worked the final three innings to close out the win for Arkansas.


Ball has given up two or less earned runs in every game he has appeared in on the mound. C.J. Smith's seven-game hitting streak was snapped after going 0-for-4.
Florida did not have an extra base hit in a game for the first time this season.
Florida fell to 17-3 at home in McKethan Stadium.
The seven hits were the fewest for Florida since having four March 7 against Purdue.
The Gators struck out more than they walked for just the second time in the past five games.

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