GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Arkansas baseball team (8-7, 0-2 SEC) dropped a 1-0 final to Florida (13-6, 2-0) Saturday evening at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
Sophomore Trey Killian (0-3) provided Arkansas with a complete-game effort as he pitched 8.0 innings and allowed just one run while striking out a season-high six. The complete game was Killian’s first as a Razorback and Arkansas’ second in eight days after junior team captain Jalen Beeks pitched the Razorbacks’ first complete game since 2011 last Friday vs. San Francisco. In his last two starts, Killian has thrown 15.0 innings and allowed just two earned runs to lower his season earned-run average to 3.06.
Andrew Benintendi, Brian Anderson and Jake Wise each collected a hit for Arkansas, and Benintendi added a walk to reach base twice. Wise, who entered the weekend tied for the SEC lead with two pickoffs, picked off a runner at first in the bottom of the fifth inning and ended Florida’s half of the eighth by throwing out a runner attempting to steal second base.
The Razorbacks and Gators wrap up the first series of conference play Sunday. The third game of the series, which is the only SEC game being played Sunday, begins at noon CT and can be seen on Fox Sports Florida and RazorVision
. RHP Chris Oliver is expected to start on the mound for Arkansas.
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Coach Van Horn Quotes
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on RHP-Trey Killian) – “He did a great job. He gave up a solo home run with two outs in the first inning on a fastball out over the plate. It was a power hitter, and he just drove it. The ball jumps here when the sun is out for the most part and the ball got out of the park. He got in trouble in a couple of other innings and battled his way out of it. I thought we did a good job playing defense for the second day in a row, as did Florida. Nobody really made any mistakes. Again, we just didn’t get the hit.”
Head Coach Dave Van Horn (on the game) – “I’m proud of the way the guys played. They busted it and wanted to win and played hard. I’ve never been part of a streak of one-run losses like this but I told them to keep fighting and find a way to turn this around. We have a good team. We are playing shorthanded with two of our starters and better offensive players out this weekend. Obviously, we could have used those guys these first two games but we still have tomorrow.”
• Trey Killian threw the first collegiate complete game Saturday with a career-long 8.0 innings pitched. It was the second Arkansas complete game in the last eight days after the Razorbacks hadn’t thrown a complete game since June 5, 2011.
• Trey Killian had a season-high six strikeouts, the third time in his career he has struck out at least six in one game.
• Trey Killian threw 77 strikes on 104 pitches Saturday night, a strike percentage of 74 percent.
• Jake Wise recorded his third pickoff of the season in the fifth inning when he threw out a runner on first base. Entering the weekend, Wise was tied for the SEC lead with two pickoffs this year.
• The Razorbacks have been hit by 27 pitches this season and had at least one hit by pitch in 12 of 15 games. Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning Saturday night.
• The Razorbacks’ seven losses this season have come by a combined eight runs.
• Arkansas has allowed an average of 2.6 runs per game in its seven losses.
How They Scored
• Arkansas 0, Florida 1; Bottom 1st: Peter Alonso hit a solo home run to right-center field.