Four consecutive wins, all against competition ranked in the top 5 nationally. That’s how Arkansas has began its SEC baseball slate following a 6-3 victory at Florida on Friday night, the first matchup of a three-game set.
The Razorbacks (17-5, 4-0 SEC) entered the three-game series with the Gators (19-5, 2-2) ranked No. 4 nationally after sweeping three games from then-No. 4 Kentucky last weekend. Florida — the defending national champions — are No. 2 in the latest poll.
Though the Hogs stumbled with a midweek loss to Charlotte on Wednesday, this weekend is what really matters. Another impressive SEC series victory, which Arkansas is one win away from, and the Hogs will have arguably the best résumé in the country.
Grading the Hogs
Arkansas ace Blaine Knight gave Arkansas a fantastic start under the circumstances of facing an immensely-talented opponent on the road. Jackson Rutledge relieved Knight and closed out the seventh. Matt Cronin followed on the mound, earning the save with a scoreless 2 innings.
Arkansas has been outstanding at the plate in the early innings so far this season. That trend continued Friday with the Hogs scoring 3 runs in the second and 2 more in the fourth. Heston Kjerstad and Dominic Feltcher each hit home runs as Arkansas’ power surge continued. The Hogs have now hit 43 homers through 22 games this season.
The Big Stick + The Arm
Knight allowed 5 hits over 6.2 innings with 10 strikeouts. He issued 4 walks, but was able to mostly work around those and avoid a big inning from the Gators. All three of their earned runs came via home run.
The Gators couldn’t get Kjerstad out Friday, as he reached base in each of his at bats with 3 hits and a walk. He had 2 RBIs, extending his team lead to 27 on the season.
Arkansas continues its series with the Gators on Saturday and Sunday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT.
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