FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - No. 2 Florida broke open a tie game with five runs in the fifth inning on its way to a 9-2 win over Arkansas on Friday night. The victory clinched the Gators' (32-5/10-4 SEC) first series success against the Hogs (21-14/4-10 SEC) at Baum Stadium since 2000.
Junior Logan Shore (7-0) tied the school record held by Russ Kibler with his 12th consecutive triumph by yielding one run over 6.2 innings. The right-hander scattered seven hits, registered four strikeouts and did not allow any walks in lowering his ERA to 2.50. He was supported by a balanced Florida offense that saw eight of its nine starters contribute to the club's total of 13 hits. Sophomore JJ Schwarz (2-for-3) snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth with an RBI single and poked a two-run double in the sixth, while sophomore Mike Rivera (2-for-5) had a two-run single in the fifth.
Junior Buddy Reed (1-for-3, two runs) gave the Gators a quick lead in the first inning with an RBI single off of sophomore Keaton McKinney (1-2). Sophomore Dalton Guthrie (2-for-5) had led off with a double down the left-field line to extend his hitting streak to seven games and scored on Reed's base-hit up the middle. Although Schwarz drew a walk for a pair of runners aboard with one down, McKinney recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the frame.
Florida loaded the bases with one down in the fourth but came away empty-handed. Freshman Jonathan India (2-for-4, two runs) started the frame with a single through the right side of the infield, sophomore Jeremy Vasquez had a one-out single and freshman Nelson Maldonado earned a free pass. McKinney escaped the jam by having Guthrie hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
Senior Michael Bernal tied the game in the home part of the fourth with a two-out homer to left field. It was his team-leading eighth homer of the season.
The Gators plated five runs on four hits and an error in the fifth to seize a 6-1 advantage. Freshman Deacon Liput (2-for-5, two runs) legged out an infield single and Reed drew a walk, ending the night for McKinney (4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R). Schwarz welcomed junior James Teague with a go-ahead RBI single and junior Peter Alonso walked to load the bases with none out. After India blooped a single into shallow center field to bring home Reed, Rivera roped a two-run single into left field to put the visitors ahead by four runs. UF added another run on a two-out throwing error on a grounder by Maldonado that enabled India to come in.
Florida added a two-run double by Schwarz in the sixth for an 8-1 margin. Liput had a one-out single and moved to second on a throwing error by Teague. Following Reed's second walk of the game, Schwarz cleared the bases with a two-bagger into left center.
Junior Kirby Snead yielded a leadoff double in the eighth to sophomore Carson Shaddy and senior Cullen Gassaway drove him in with an RBI single off of junior Dane Dunning. Dunning completed the frame with consecutive strikeouts and India scored the contest's final run in in the ninth on a wild pitch by freshman Cody Scroggins.
- Florida clinched its first series victory at Arkansas under head coach Kevin O'Sullivan.
- The Gators have captured their last three meetings against the Hogs.
- UF improved to 8-3 in true road games this year.
- Logan Shore's 12-game winning streak tied the school record set by Russ Kibler during the 1984 season.
- Dalton Guthrie had his team-leading 11th double to open the contest and scored the game's first run.
- Buddy Reed extended his hitting streak to eight games with a first-inning RBI single. His season-best stretch is 10 games.
- Jonathan India raised his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with a single in the fourth inning.
- Mike Rivera has driven in five runs against Arkansas this weekend, while JJ Schwarz has four RBI.
The Gators and Hogs will complete the series on Saturday at 3 p.m., with sophomore right-hander Alex Faedo (6-1, 3.97) facing a pitcher to be announced. Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell have the call on the Gator IMG Sports Network and the game will be streamed on SEC Network+ and through the ESPN app.