GAINESVILLE, Fla. —The Arkansas baseball team’s struggles continued Saturday with a 1-0 loss at Florida.
Arkansas starter Trey Killian (0-3) pitched a complete, allowing just one run with season-high six strikeouts. The complete game was Killian’s first as a Razorback and Arkansas’ second in eight days.
In his last two starts, Killian has allowed two earned runs in 15 innings. But he has lost both games because of Arkansas’ offensive struggles.
“He did a great job,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “He gave up a solo home run with two outs in the first inning on a fastball out over the plate. It was a power hitter, and he just drove it. … He got in trouble in a couple of other innings and battled his way out of it. I thought we did a good job playing defense for the second day in a row, as did Florida. Nobody really made any mistakes. Again, we just didn’t get the hit.”
Andrew Benintendi, Brian Anderson and Jake Wise had the only hits for Arkansas (8-7, 0-2 in SEC), which played without starting outfielder Joe Serrano and shortstop Brett McAfee for the second straight game. The Razorbacks have scored 14 runs in their past eight games and are 1-7 during the stretch.
Six of the seven losses have been by one run.
“I’m proud of the way the guys played,” Van Horn said. “They busted it and wanted to win and played hard. I’ve never been part of a streak of one-run losses like this but I told them to keep fighting and find a way to turn this around.
“We have a good team. We are playing shorthanded with two of our starters and better offensive players out this weekend. Obviously, we could have used those guys these first two games but we still have (Sunday).”
The Razorbacks and Gators (13-6, 2-0) wrap up the first series of conference play Sunday. RHP Chris Oliver is expected to start on the mound for Arkansas.
Arkansas communications contributed to this report.