GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alex Hart and Joey Simon combined for a three-hitter to lead Florida to a 4-1 win over Arkansas and complete a sweep of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at McKethan Stadium/Perry Field.
The Gators (16-13, 3-6 SEC) came from behind in all three games to sweep the Razorbacks (14-15, 2-7 SEC) for the second year in a row. The win was the fifth in a row for Florida while Arkansas lost for the fourth time in its last five games and fell to 0-6 in league road games this year.
Hart (2-1) allowed UA’s only run on two hits while striking out three and walking five to earn the victory. Simon allowed just one hit and one walk in four innings of shutout relief for his first save of the year.
UA starter Scott Roehl (2-2), the first of five Razorback pitchers, yielded two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings and was charged with the loss.
The Razorbacks squandered opportunities to pull away early when they loaded the bases with no outs in the first and second innings but managed just one run. UA loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first on a pair of walks and an infield single by Kyle Washburn. But Hart struck out Michael Conner and Brian Kirby and got Scott Crossett to end the inning on a ground out.
UA loaded the bases with no outs again in the second inning but managed just one run in the frame. Andrew Wishy scored on Jeff Hoefler’s fielder’s choice to first base for a 1-0 lead before Brett Hagedorn lined into a double play to tend the inning.
Florida’s Matt Goss tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. The homer ended Roehl’s streak of hitless, scoreless innings at 11 1/3 and ended his streak of innings without an earned run at 12 2/3.
The Gators took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Pat Osborn led off with a single and scored on Brian Rose’s single to left field. UF expanded the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the second when Ryan Shealy ended an 0-for-25 slump with a two-run homer off UA reliever Jeremy Rankin.
Arkansas will open a four-game homestand Tuesday when the Razorbacks host Kansas in a 5 p.m. CT game at Baum Stadium. Florida will host Bethune-Cookman Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET and Florida Atlantic Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET to conclude a seven-game homestand.