Dunedin grad Casey Turgeon leads Gator rally for victory over Arkansas
No. 2 Florida rallied from a two-point deficit to with a three-run sixth inning to earn a 3-2 win over No. 17 Arkansas Friday night.
The Gators (33-10, 12-7 SEC) got three scoreless innings from their bullpen. Florida was held hitless into the sixth by Razorback sophomore Ryne Stanek (6-3), but the Gators tied the game on a two-out, two-run double by freshman Casey Turgeon - a graduate of Dunedin High, then took the lead on an RBI single by junior Austin Maddox. It was Turgeon's seventh double of the season.
“You have to tip your cap to (Ryne) Stanek,” UF coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “He was outstanding and left us hitless through five innings. I wasn’t quite sure when our offense was going to get going, and that had a lot to do with him on the mound. His stuff was really good tonight, but, equally I thought Hudson Randall was really good tonight. He gave us a great start and obviously our bullpen came in and did what they needed to do. We hung in there and battled and that was the most important thing.”
In his first Friday start since March 30 at Ole Miss, junior right-hander Hudson Randall (4-1) had six hits and two runs in six innings to pick up the win, while the trio of senior Greg Larson, junior Steven Rodriguez and Maddox each threw a scoreless inning. For Maddox, it was his 12th save in 12 opportunities, moving him to within one save of the school’s single-season record shared by Danny Wheeler (1994) and Josh Fogg (1998).
The Gators snapped a five-game losing streak to Arkansas in series openers dating back to a 6-3 win on March 17, 2006. Tampa senior Preston Tucker extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the sixth inning.
Florida and Arkansas (29-13, 9-10) will play the second game in this series tonight at 7 p.m.