GAINESVILLE, Florida – Arkansas’ No. 6 used 11 hits and commanded the pitch of Mary Haff and Chenise Delce to earn a decisive 5-4 win over Florida’s No. 9 on Saturday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Hogs won Game 1, 9-1 (6), Friday night.
Senior RHP Mary Haff (13-3) picked up the win after pitching five innings and holding the Gators to three earned runs on five hits. The Winter Haven, Fla. native struck out one while throwing two quick 1-2-3 innings in the second and fourth. Junior RHP Chenise Delce made her second save of the season after covering the final two frames to retain the lead. Delce totaled three punches for the Razorbacks to secure the victory. In the last two games against Florida, the Arkansas pitching staff allowed just one extra hit while limiting opponents to a .208 batting average.
Senior KB Sides hit a career-high three doubles to go along with two runs scored and an RBI.
“I could see the ball well today and was just trying to get my cannon in front and smash it,” Sides said. “Our team believed in us and I wanted the bat in my hands. Our team is filled with such great hitters, so it’s easy to stay the course and keep pushing until we get what we want.
Sophomore Hannah Gammill tied her career high in hits with three. Graduate Taylor Ellsworth paced the Hogs with two RBIs. Senior Hannah McEwen energized on both holes, going 1 for 2 with a sacrificial fly for an RBI. Senior Linnie Malkin amassed the Razorbacks’ other RBI on a two-out double to left center. Cally Kildow continued to impress with a base hit and matched her career high in runs scored with two. Audrie LaValley and Kacie Hoffmann each recorded hits.
Arkansas improves its record to 34-8 and 13-4 in the SEC. The Razorbacks beat the Gators to an 11-6 clip and beat Florida 14-5 in the first two games of the series.
How did it happen
Arkansas hit high from Ellsworth’s field first through third, sending Sides home for the first inning of the game.
Florida responded in the bottom frame with three runs to grab a 3-1 lead.
Arkansas began to cut Gator’s lead in third. McEwen’s sacrificial volley to the right was deep enough to tackle Sides from third. Ellsworth followed suit with a short pitch to collect his second RBI of the game and tie it at 3-3. Malkin tacked on the fourth point on a two-out RBI double to left center.
The Gators added their last run of the game in the fourth on a sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Sides threw a two-out double to score Kildow and give the Hogs a permanent 5-4 lead.
- Arkansas notched its sixth series win of the season and seventh in a row since the 2021 season
- KB Sides set a new doubles career high with three
- Mary Haff earned her 90th career win and 13th of the season
- Chenise Delce recorded her second stoppage of the season
- Arkansas pitching staff allowed just one extra goal in two games against Florida
- Hannah Gammill tied her career high with three
- Hannah McEwen hit her seventh sacrificial fly of the season
- Cally Kildow tied her career high in runs scored with two
- The Razorbacks combined for 11 hits
- Arkansas will look for its first sweep of the Gators in the series finale tomorrow
Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT on SEC Network+.