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Arkansas beats Florida in SEC opener

HOOVER, Ala. | Stephen Richards got Josh Adams to hit into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded and Arkansas beat No. 2 seed Florida 8-5 in the Southeastern Conference tournament opener.

Richards and Mike Bolsinger combined on five-plus scoreless innings of relief for the seventh-seeded Razorbacks (33-20) on Wednesday at Regions Park.

Zack Cox hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth and Chase Leavitt and Travis Sample each drove in a pair of runs for Arkansas. Richards picked up his ninth save.

Florida (38-19) had loaded the bases with two walks and a single before Adams grounded out to shortstop.

Preston Tucker drove in three runs for the Gators.

The teams will face either Georgia or Mississippi on Thursday.

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