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.

Final (R/H/E)

#7 Arkansas: 9 / 7 / 0

#8 Florida: 1 / 4 / 3

Pitching Decision

Win: Delce (12-2)

Loss: Hightower (12-3)

Individual Stats

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

  1. SS Wallace: 1-3, R, K, SB
  2. LF Falby: 2-3, RBI, SB
  3. 3B Echols: 1-2, BB
  4. DP Walsh: 1-4, K
  5. RF Lindsey: 0-3, K
  6. 2B Roe: 0-2, 2 K
  7. C Wilkie: 0-2, K
  8. CF Kistler: 0-2, K
  9. 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.

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