The second-ranked Florida Baseball team lost 3-1 against number seventeen Arkansas on Sunday afternoon. The Gators fall to 12-9 in SEC play and 33-12 overall. Florida won the series opener 3-2 on Friday night and lost 5-1 on Saturday. Arkansas’ win on Sunday was the first series win at McKethan Stadium for the Razorbacks since 2008.
Florida sophomore pitcher Jonathon Crawford took the mound in the series finale. Crawford pitched four and two-thirds innings allowing one run, three hits, and striking out six. He says it is hard to win without run support.
The Gators were held off the scoreboard until the eigth inning when Florida senior outfielder Preston Tucker drove in the lone Gators run with an RBI groundout. Florida Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan says Arkansas’ pitching staff shut down the Gators and gives them all the credit for the series win.
The game marked the sixth consecutive rubber game the Gators have played only going 3-3 in those contests. Sunday’s loss for the Gators was the first time all season Florida dropped two straight games at McKethan Stadium. Florida senior outfielder Daniel Pigott went 1-4 on Sunday. Pigott says its always tough going on the road after a loss.
Next up for the Gators is a three game road series against the third-ranked Kentucky Wildcats begininng on Thursday. The Wildcats are 14-7 in conference play and are 36-9 overall.
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