GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Freshman Heston Kjerstad continued to swing the hot bat and the No. 4 Arkansas Razorbacks got their series with the No. 2 Florida Gators off on the right foot Friday night, winning 6-3, at McKethan Stadium, their fourth conference win in a row.
✅4-0 in the SEC
✅2 more homers for the #BaumSquad
✅5th quality start for Blaine Knight
✅4th save for Matt Cronin
— Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) March 24, 2018
It’s the second-straight year that Arkansas (17-5, 4-0 SEC) has begun conference play with four consecutive victories. In the four wins this year, it’s been the offense that has carried the squad as the Hogs have hit at least two home runs and totaled 10 or more hits in each game. Tonight, it was Kjerstad and Sophomore Dominic Fletcher who launched long balls, giving Arkansas 43 homers for the year, which continues to lead the SEC.
Kjerstad fell just a triple shy of the cycle Friday night and hit his sixth home run of the year in the sixth inning, his third in his last seven at-bats. Kjerstad had a single, a double, and a home run all before the seventh inning and walked in his fourth plate appearance in the eighth to keep his perfect day intact.
Kjerstad’s 3-for-3 day at the plate easily extends his hit streak to six games dating back to the March 14th game against Texas. During that span, the freshman has amassed 10 hits and 11 RBIs with four home runs, the best among all Razorbacks.
The Hogs also got a great outing from right-hander Blaine Knight, who locked up his fourth win of the year. The junior outdueled Florida starter Brady Singer by throwing a quality 6.2 innings with three earned runs allowed and 10 strikeouts, just one shy of his career high. It’s his first start this year with 10 or more strikeouts and fifth quality outing out of six starts.
Sophomore Matt Cronin got the six-out save by coming out of the bullpen in the middle of the eighth and retiring six of seven batters with three strikeouts. It’s Cronin’s fourth save of the year and third in as many appearances.