Razorbacks get past Gators in
SEC tourney opener
By Vince Ferrara
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
HOOVER, Ala. - The 2009 SEC Baseball Tournament
is underway at Regions Park.
In Game 1 on Thursday, seventh-seed Arkansas (33-20) upset
second-seed Florida (38-19) 8-5. Arkansas is now 4-0 against
Florida this season.
committed four errors leading to seven of Arkansas' eight runs
being unearned. The Gators also could only muster a season-low
four hits against three Razorback pitchers. Arkansas reliever
Mike Bolsinger (4-4) (pictured right) was the key. He pitched
4.2 innings of scoreless one-hit relief to pick up the win.
Florida starter Stephen Locke (4-2) gets the loss
despite not giving up an earned run.
"They got hits when they needed to, they made
pitches when they needed to," said Locke.
Trailing 2-1, Arkansas took the lead with a five-run fourth
inning. Travis Sample hit a two-run two-out bases-loaded double
down the third base line.
"This is how we played at the beginning of the
year," Sample said. "We were hitting like that. Hopefully this
will give us momentum."
errant throw to the infield allowed a third run to score,
capping the big Razorbacks' inning.
responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. SEC
Co-Freshman of the Year Preston Tucker (left) drove in his 73rd
and 74th runs of the year with a two-run single, cutting
Arkansas' lead to one run at 6-5.
Arkansas scored a run in the eighth and the ninth to extend the
lead to three runs heading to the bottom of the ninth for the
Gators. Zack Cox (3 for 4) hit his eighth home run of the year
for the Razorbacks run in the ninth to make it 8-5 Arkansas.
The Gators loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the
ninth. Josh Adams then grounded into a game-ending double play
to complete the win for Arkansas.
According to the coaches, Brett Eibner is expected to start for
Arkansas Thursday and Anthony DeSclafani for Florida. The
Razorbacks will play at 5 p.m. (CT) against the Ole Miss/Georgia
winner. The Gators will be in the 10 a.m. (CT) elimination game
against the Ole Miss/Georgia loser.
(photos by Jimmy Jones)