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Brady Singer, Gators eliminated by Arkansas at CWS

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OMAHA, Neb.  —Defending champion Florida failed to win a third straight elimination game, losing to Arkansas 5-2 Friday night and departing the College World Series.

The Gators (49-21) had to win to force a rematch. The Razorbacks advanced to the best-of-three finals that start Monday.

Florida starter Brady Singer, a Royals first-round draft pick, took the loss, giving up seven hits and four runs in five innings to finish his career with a 23-10 record.

Senior JJ Schwarz set a Florida record with his 266th career game.

Isaiah Campbell limited Florida to two hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Campbell more than atoned for his worst performance of the season when he faced the Gators in the teams' Southeastern Conference opening series in March. He was at his best this time, matching his career high with eight strikeouts and leaving with a 5-2 lead.

Arkansas (47-19) has never gone to the CWS finals since the NCAA tournament went to its current structure in 1999. The Razorbacks were runner-up in 1979 in their only appearance in a championship game.

Florida, the No. 1 overall seed, lost for the first time in eight NCAA elimination games. The Gators were looking to get to the finals for the fourth time since 2005.

Casey Martin went 4-for-5 and Dominic Fletcher homered for the second straight game to lead the Razorbacks' offense against Singer (12-3) and Tommy Mace.

The Gators managed only three hits against Campbell (5-6), Jake Reindl and Matt Cronin — the fourth time this season they were held to three or fewer and first since May 13.

Campbell's performance was the highlight so far in his comeback from bone spurs in his right (throwing) elbow, which forced him to take a medical redshirt in 2017. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior's fastball touched the mid 90s and his slider the mid 80s, and he struck out six of the first nine batters.

Singer took both of Florida's losses in the CWS and was beaten for the second time this season by Arkansas.  The four earned runs against Singer were the most he's allowed since Arkansas got to him for six on March 23 in what was his first loss of the season.

The Razorbacks won three of five meetings with the Gators this season.

Earlier Friday, Oregon State used a five-run second inning to build a big lead and the Beavers beat Mississippi State 12-2 to set up a bracket final rematch at 8 Saturday night (ESPN). The winner will advance to the finals.

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