Gainesville, Fla. , Florida used a combined 13-hit effort backed by seven RBIs Wyatt Langford And bt riopel 2 Arkansas with a 9-7 victory at the Florida ballpark on Saturday afternoon.
With a top-five series win, the Gators effectively ended the Razorbacks’ conference-leading streak of 13 straight SEC series wins, spanning May 16–18, 2019.
Langford (2-for-3) and Riepel (1-for-4) led the offensive charge as both getters left yards for the second consecutive game after adding a pair of home runs in game two wins . In the end, it was the freshman derrick fabian The one who delivers late-innings valor, comes in the bottom of the eighth with a forward sacrifice.
on the mound, starting the pitcher Brandon Neely Set the tone by blanking Arkansas through the first-three frames, while the relief tandem Ryan Slater And Blake Purnell Provided 5 1/3 innings with an earned run to secure the series.
The Gators (21-11, 5-7 sec) and Razorbacks (23-7, 8-4 sec) exchanged zeros through the first-five half-innings on the backs of starting pitchers Neely and Jackson Wiggins. Florida eventually moved up to first place in the final, scoring four runs in the bottom of third. colby halter And sterlin thompson He went ahead with a pair of singles and Langford scored for the first time with an infield single from RBI. After a heated SEC game, Riopel scored a three-run home run on right center to give the Gators a 4-0 lead.
Arkansas answered correctly in the next half-inning, reducing the game to four. Jalen Battle lofts Robert Moore to the left with an RBI single, while Zack Gregory picks up a three-run double with a drive down the right-field line.
The Razorbacks’ fourth run prompted the Gators to turn to Slater, who worked to get Orange and Blue out of the jam on only two pitches by bringing the groundout to third.
The next two-and-a-half innings provided little action, but Florida bounced back to regain control of the game in the bottom half of the fifth. after singles Jude Fabian and Thompson, Langford connected for their 12th home run of the campaign to give the Gators a 7-4 advantage.
Arkansas hit for a rebound run again in sixth, as Battle scored on a fielding error by a first baseman kendrick calillao, The razorback led his second run of the frame on a base-loaded walk by Moore. Two innings later, Arkansas tied it with a single homer off Gregory’s bat.
With the game still at 7-7, Florida called up relief ace Purnell with one in the eighth. The right-hander kept the score and sent the matchup into the bottom of the eighth, prompting a pair of groundouts to end the innings.
Leading from the bottom of the eighth, Josh Rivera Arkansas quickly moved into the scoring position, reaching a bunt single by reliever Brady Tygart and second on a throwing error. mac gusset Big came up with a subsequent sacrifice to move Rivera to third, allowing D. Fabian was brought to the plate. After falling to a 0-2 count, D. Fabian worked the middle of the field and made a clutch sacrifice fly to center to break the tie and Plate Rivera.
Florida added an insurance run in eighth place and extended the lead to 9-7. Halter picked up a two-out double and J. Fabian RBI single to left field.
In the ninth Purnell provided little play, making quick work of the Razorbacks. Boynton Beach, Fla. The natives dismissed Moore on four pitches to open the frame, then retired the remaining two batsmen to secure a series win for the Gators.
Poornell (3-2) took the win, playing a 1 2/3 perfect innings with a strikeout to close the game. The right-hander pitched in all three matchups of the series, including a game-two save, which included a total of six innings of work with four hits and one earned run on zero walks.
Tygart (1–1) was saddled with the defeat, throwing two 2/3 frames, allowing two earned runs on two hits and two walks, while four runs were scored.
At the start of his first career, Neely did not get any judgement. The freshman right-hander lasted 3 2/3 innings and scored four runs on five hits and two walks.
A decision was also not given to Wiggins, having pitched four innings with seven earned runs on nine hits and two walks. He scored five runs.
Five Gators took multiple hits in game three: Halter (2-for-5), J.J. Fabian (2-for-3), Thompson (2-for-5), Langford (2-for-3) and Rivera (2-for-4).
- Florida broke Arkansas’ 13-straight SEC Series win streak that ran until May 16-18, 2019, versus Texas A&M.
- The Razorbacks entered the matchup with the longest streak of SEC series wins in the conference—just two behind Florida’s record of 15.
- Saturday marked Florida’s first series win over Arkansas since March 23–25, 2018 (L, 6-3/W, 17-2/W, 5-4).
- The Gators recorded their most runs (nine) and hits (13) against the Razorbacks on March 24, 2018.
- It is the second time this season that Florida have swept the series opener from a top-25 opponent and rallied to take the final two games to claim the series (at No. 21 Miami).
- With Langford’s fifth inning home run, Florida is now one of only two teams in the country (Georgetown) to have two players with more than 12 home runs (Langford, J. Fabian).
- J. Both Fabian and Langford scored on Saturday.
- Thompson, Langford and J. Fabian’s trio have recorded RBIs in 29 out of 32 games this year, while taking hits in 31 out of 32 games.
- Parnell played all four games for Florida this week.
- He pitched a total of seven innings and allowed only one earned run.
- Poornell made the save in game two and went on to win the third game.
- The Gators are 34-36 all-time versus Arkansas, with 20-13 points at home.
- Florida is 16-22 against the Razorbacks under the head coach Kevin O’Sullivan Including 10-8 points at home.
- Florida is 41–10 in the program’s last 51 regular season games at the Florida Ballpark.
- The Gators are 26-7 in their last 33 regular season home games.
From Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan
On his message to the team after Thursday’s game…
“We had an emotional talk the Friday before the game. I tried to put things in perspective for them as far as they are concerned and maybe not allow them to perform at the level they want When you go through life, there are many more difficult things that you have to go through. I have been their age. I have been through life experiences they haven’t. Maybe take a little more perspective. Maybe ease the peace a little bit. In the end, at the end of the day, it came down to [Brandon] Sprout pitching last night was really good and giving us a really good start again.”
On today’s series win…
“Today, we got off to a good start. I thought Brandon [Neely] Was really fast for three innings. Then we scored four runs in the fourth. Then we hurt ourselves again. Counted 1-2 to start the innings and gave up a hit. The next four hitters we fall behind. We lose feel for our curveballs and sliders, so we’re getting a lot of 2-1 counts. then we [Peyton] Eight-hole hitter Stovall got a 0-2 count and then went to it. The same thing happened when we scored three runs, they turned and scored two runs with one hit. One hit off the pitch. We had a double game that we couldn’t turn. We hurt ourselves, but we were resilient. Maybe we didn’t hang there a few weeks ago. We hurt ourselves today. We had some big ones in the batting. Derrick’s bat was huge. Gave us some cushion. Then Blake PurnellWhat can you say about him, he was excellent all weekend.”
On taking down Arkansas…
“Anybody can beat anyone in this league. I said that with everyone. I told him today, today’s game is no more or less important than the Friday night game we play three weeks from now. They’re all important. For whatever reason, we haven’t been able to stop the bleeding when things have gotten bad. Today, luckily for us, that’s all we were able to do. Offensively, we’re actually a Were good against a good starting pitcher. I had him this summer with the USA team, you know, 95-98 [MPH], The message at the end of the game was clearly the same: We could beat anyone, but we could lose to anyone and we have to worry about ourselves. We have to be better. Everyone is talking about Arkansas and then Vandy and then Tennessee. It doesn’t matter, all you need to worry about today is play the best baseball you can.”
Florida travels to Tallahassee for a Tuesday matchup at Florida State at 7 p.m. on the ACC network.