Tim Olson’s three-run home run in the ninth inning gave Florida a 7-4
victory and completed the three-game sweep over Arkansas in the series
finale Sunday at Baum Stadium. Arkansas was swept at home for the second
consecutive weekend, dropping to 15-15, 2-7 in SEC play.
Junior reliever Eddie Rojas earned the win with 3.1 innings out of the
bullpen. He did not allow a hit with one walk and one strikeout to get his
first career win.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Jason Dill walked followed by a single
by Pete Nystrom to extend the inning. Olson then hit the first offering
from reliever Brian Bohannan over the left field fence, giving UF the
sweep and 7-4 victory.
Florida (18-13, 5-4 SEC) had tied the game at 4 in the eighth inning when
Tony Socarras lined a single into the corner in right field. Arkansas
right fielder Brian Kirby bobbled the ball, allowing Olson to score from
first base on the play. Olson, who went 3-for-4 in the game, singled to
leadoff the inning.
Arkansas had led early in the game, trying to prevent the three-game
With the game tied at 2, UF starter Jay Belflower walked the leadoff
batter in the fifth inning before being removed for Jeff Cardozo. After a
strikeout, Cardozo walked Brian Kirby with both runners advancing a base
when a pickoff attempt at second base got away from shortstop Kevin
Estrada. Kirby then lined a double down the left field line to plate the
Florida managed just two runs in the game before the rain delay. Dill
scored in the second inning after a triple into the gap in right-center
field. The Gators also scored a run in third inning.
Arkansas led twice early off Belflower, scoring a single run in the first
before leaving the bases loaded. The Razorbacks also got an unearned run
in the second after an error by Kurt Keene led to a run.
The game was halted for 55 minutes in the fifth inning due to rain and
ended just before a second storm hit the Fayetteville area.
Florida returns home for a seven-game homestand beginning Tuesday against
Sanford at 7 p.m.