HOOVER, Ala. (AP)Jac Caglione had a two-run single and a solo homer, No. 9 hitter Colby Halter had an RBI single and a solo shot and No. 7 seed Florida held off No. 3 seed Arkansas 7-5 in an elimination game at the SEC Tournament on Friday.
Florida (37-21) will play an elimination game on Saturday against the loser of Friday’s game between No. 2 seed Texas A&M and No. 11 seed Alabama.
The Gators grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Ty Evans led off with a single, Jud Fabian followed with a double and Caglianone hit the first pitch he saw up the middle to score both runners.
Florida upped its lead with a three-run fifth. Caglianone led off with a home run. Halter homered with two outs and Langford followed with a walk that ended the day for Razorbacks starter Connor Noland (5-5). Sterlin Thompson greeted reliever Evan Taylor with a single and BT Riopelle doubled in Langford for a 5-0 lead.
Arkansas pulled within 5-2 on back-to-back home runs by Cayden Wallace and Michael Turner leading off the sixth, spelling the end for Florida starter Nick Pogue (4-3).
Florida answered with two runs of its own – a lead-off home run by Fabian and Halter’s RBI single – to go up 7-2.
Braydon Webb hit a two-run homer in a three-run ninth for Arkansas (38-20) to make things interesting.
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