No. 8 Florida snapped its five-game win streak Friday night following a 9-1 series-opening home loss to No. 7 Arkansas. The Gators drop to 11-8 in conference play — fifth in the SEC — while the first-place Razorbacks improve to 12-4.
Florida right-hander Elizabeth Hightower started and threw four shutout frames before she surrendered an RBI single followed by a 3-run double in the top of the fifth. All four runs were unearned due to a pair of errors to begin the inning.
With one out, sophomore southpaw Haley Pittman entered the circle in relief but yielded a two-out RBI single to put Arkansas up 5-0. An inning later, the Razorbacks added four insurance runs — two of which were unearned following Florida second baseman Sam Roe’s second error of the night — to capture a run-rule lead.
Freshman left fielder Kendra Falby drove in Florida’s lone run in the bottom of the sixth via a single up the middle, but the Gators failed to erase their run-rule deficit as the contest ended an inning short.
#7 Arkansas: 9 / 7 / 0
#8 Florida: 1 / 4 / 3
Win: Delce (12-2)
Loss: Hightower (12-3)
RHP Hightower: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
LHP Pittman: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
- SS Wallace: 1-3, R, K, SB
- LF Falby: 2-3, RBI, SB
- 3B Echols: 1-2, BB
- DP Walsh: 1-4, K
- RF Lindsey: 0-3, K
- 2B Roe: 0-2, 2 K
- C Wilkie: 0-2, K
- CF Kistler: 0-2, K
- 1B A. Goelz: 0-2, K
Senior Day Saturday
The Gators and Hogs will meet for game two of the series and Florida’s senior day Saturday afternoon at 2:30 on ESPN2.