Florida boots Arkansas from SEC Tournament 7-5

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – Jac Caglione had a two-run single and a solo homer, number 9 batter Colby Halter had…

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 No. 3 seed Arkansas 7-5 in an elimination game at the SEC tournament on Saturday.

Florida (37-21) will play a knockout game on Saturday against the loser of Friday’s game between #2-seeded Texas A&M and #11-seeded Alabama.

The Gators took 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 through the middle and scored both runners.

Florida increased the lead with a three-run fifth. Caglianone led off with a homerun. Halter homered with two outs and Langford followed with a walk to end the day for Razorbacks-starter Connor Noland (5-5). Sterlin Thompson greeted reliever Evan Taylor with a single and BT Riopelle doubled at Langford for a 5-0 lead.

Arkansas made it 5-2 on back-to-back homeruns by Cayden Wallace and Michael Turner that started the sixth, marking the end for Florida starter Nick Pogue (4-3).

Florida answered with two runs of its own – a home run in Fabian’s lead-off 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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