• Maddie Schmidt

Florida Gators Baseball Swept By No. 1 Razorbacks Ahead Of Tourney

Gators Drop Final SEC Series to Razorbacks

No. 9 Florida (35-19, 17-13 SEC) drops their final regular season series, and No. 1 Arkansas (42-10, 22-8 SEC) completes the sweep over the Gators.

*Watch below for a full video recap

Series Summary

Game One: 6-1 Razorbacks

  • Pitcher Tommy Mace

  • Tagged with his first loss of the season

  • 4.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits and four walks

  • Eight-strikeout performance

  • Eighth start with seven-or-more strikeouts of the 2021 season

  • Struggling at the plate

  • Gators struck out 16 times

  • Some Positives

  • Kendrick Calilao

  • Second-inning homer is his fourth homerun in Florida’s last seven games

  • .458 BA over the course of past seven games

  • Cory Acton

  • Eighth-inning walk extends his on-base streak to 15 games

Game Two: 4-3 Razorbacks

The Gators had a chance to secure the victory and even the series in game two, but that chance disappeared as Florida fell victim to a ninth-inning walk-off.

  • Florida Came Out Ready to Hit

  • Early 3-0 lead

  • Sterlin Thompson

  • Fourth homer of his freshman season

  • Nathan Hickey

  • 2-for-4

  • Kris Armstrong

  • 2-for-4

  • Another Quality Start From Hunter Barco

  • Has struck out seven-or-more batters in eight starts this season

  • Allowed just two earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight

  • Six strikeouts heading into fourth

  • Relieved by Jack Leftwich in bottom half of seventh

  • Leftwich tagged with loss

  • Allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four.

Game Three: 9-3 Razorbacks

It was a back and forth battle until late in the seventh inning.

  • Career High 6.1 Innings for Franco Aleman

  • Struck out a career-high eight batters in the game, topping his previous career best of five strikeouts

  • Allowed six earned runs on seven hits and one walk

  • Tagged with loss

  • Calilao

  • 2-for-3

  • Sixth multi-hit game in last nine matchups

  • Florida falls to 7-12 on the road this season.

  • Seventh Inning, Seven Run Inning For the Razorbacks

  • Aleman replaced by Jordan Butler who was then relieved by Christian Scott

What’s Next?

The 2021 SEC Baseball Tournament is set to take place May 25-30 in Hoover, Alabama. The Gators earned the No. 6 seed and will take on 11th-seeded Kentucky on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. ET. This is a single-elimination game.

The winner of the Florida Kentucky game will advance to face No. 3 seed Mississippi State on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. ET.

What’s At Stake?

The Gators ended the 2021 regular season on a four-game losing streak. The SEC tournament is Florida’s last chance to secure a national seed and, potentially, prove themselves worthy of hosting a Regional.

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