The Florida baseball team (12-6) earned its sixth straight win Friday night with a 2-1 victory over Arkansas.
The Gators return for round two against the Razorbacks tonight at 7. On the hill for the Orange and Blue is right-handed sophomore Eric Hanhold. Hanhold has been one of Florida’s more dominant relief arms throughout the course of the season totaling two wins with a 2.63 ERA. This however, will be the first time in 2014 that Hanhold will be the starting man on the mound.
Friday’s series opener was marked by a pitching duel between the team’s two aces. Logan Shore proved that he was worthy of the Friday night slot, dealing 6.1 innings while allowing one run and striking out five. The Razorbacks couldn’t get anything going against the Florida bullpen either. Aaron Rhodes got the save Friday night after a dominant 2.1 innings in which he struck out six. Gator relievers have been a constant for Florida through the first 18 games of the season, earning a 9-1 record and racking up 68 strikeouts.
Trey Killian gets the call for Arkansas tonight on the mound. Killian, a sophomore, has yet to earn a win for his team this year. In his freshman campaign (2013), he reached the mound in 16 games going 3-3 on the season.
Although only scoring two runs last night, the Gator offense did manage nine hits and the middle of the order did well with Taylor Gushue and Braden Mattson both going 2 for 4. Richie Martin and John Sternagel both scored a run in the winning effort.
Gator coach Kevin O’Sullivan will look to end this series against Arkansas on a better note than those of the past. During his tenure at Florida he is 7-12 against the Razorbacks. At McKethan Stadium he is .500 (5-5) when taking on Arkansas.
First pitch is set for 7, tune into the Gator IMG Sports Network where Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell will get the call.