JJ Schwarz heats up as Florida Gators take series over Arkansas

Logan Shore tied a school record with his 12th consecutive win as the No. 2 Florida Gators (32-5, 10-4 SEC) beat the Arkansas Razorbacks (21-14, 4-10 SEC) to clinch the series on Friday with a 9-2 victory.

Florida jumped on Arkansas starter Keaton McKinney early. Dalton Guthrie led the game off with a double and scored on Buddy Reed’s single two batters later. McKinney regrouped and struck out two to end the inning and then stymied the Florida bats with a great changeup.

McKinney allowed just two more hits through four innings before the Gators exploded for five runs in the fifth. A Deacon Liput swinging bunt started the frame and ball four to Buddy Reed would be McKinney’s last pitch of the night. James Teague replaced him and Florida welcomed the new arm with three singles, a walk and four runs before Teague was able to strike out Jeremy Vasquez. Jonathan India scored on a throwing error to cap the scoring at five and extending the lead to 6-1.

Shore, who gave up a solo home run in the fourth, won his seventh game of the season. Florida, as a team, has won the last 14 games that Shore has started. Shore gave way to Kirby Snead, who made his team-high 22nd appearance of the season, with two on and two out in the bottom of the seventh. Snead struck out Clark Eagan to end the 7th.

Kevin O’Sullivan turned to Dane Dunning in the eighth after Snead allowed a leadoff double to Carson Shaddy. Dunning cashed in Snead’s run two batters later but retired the next five batters he faced, four by way of strikeout.

The win clinches the series for Florida, who will hand the ball to sophomore Alex Faedo on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC