GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Brett Eibner hit a RBI single in the bottom of the first but that was all the scoring the Arkansas Razorback baseball team could muster in the second game of its series with the Florida Gators on Saturday afternoon as the Razorbacks lost, 6-1, at McKethan Stadium.
Arkansas (18-15, 4-9 SEC) got a good pitching performance from left hander Cliff Springston who threw 8 2/3 innings of four run baseball and looked dominant after the third inning by allowing just a handful of base runners between the fourth and eighth inning. Florida (24-11, 9-5 SEC) avenges its Friday night loss to the Razorbacks with the victory.
For the Razorbacks Eibner and Ryan Cisterna each had two hits continuing their hot hands at the plate. Eibner is batting .350 over the past week with seven hits and six RBI while Cisterna has produced back-to-back multi-hit games and hit .417 over his last three games.
In a moment of déjà vu, Arkansas was once again on the board in the top of the first inning. Logan Forsythe led off the game with a single to center field and advanced to second on Sean Jones grounder to the pitcher. Eibner would drive in Forsythe with a line drive over the third-baseman’s head.
The Arkansas lead didn’t last nearly as long as it did on Friday night however as Florida returned the one-spot in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Springston hit Florida’s second hitter, and then walked the batter in the three spot. A single to left field would score the lead runner and knot the game at one.
Florida took its first lead of the series in the bottom of the second when a leadoff walk came back to hurt Arkansas. The walk was followed by a single and a sacrifice bunt leaving runners at second and third with one out. A deep sacrifice fly to left-center field would score Florida’s second run.
The Gators made it three runs in as many innings in the bottom of the third on back-to-back two-out hits. Cole Figueroa would single down the left-field line and came all the way around to score on a double off the left-center field wall by Dustin Bamberg.
The two squads would put zeros on the board through the middle innings until the bottom of the eighth when Florida would tack on one for good measure, chasing Springston from the game with two outs in the eighth. Arkansas’ next hurler, Evan Cox, would give up a two-run home run before striking out a batter making the score 6-1, Florida.
The Razorbacks conclude their series with the Florida Gators on Sunday afternoon with a 12:05 central start. Arkansas sends Justin Wells to the hill looking for the series win. For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics please visit www.hogwired.com.