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Saturday January 29, 2000Gators Hand Alumni 16-2 Defeat

Gainesville, FL

Over 50 former Gator baseball letterwinners returned to Perry Field and got unfriendly treatment from the 18th-ranked Gator baseball squad in the form of a 16-2 victory Saturday in Florida’s Alumni game. It was the first Gator baseball alumni game since the 1995 season.

After the alumni squad took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, the Gators jumped out for five runs in the bottom of the third and followed with a four-run fourth that propelled them to the exhibition victory. The Gators (3-0) added another five-run inning in the seventh to aid the victory.

The Gators used nine different pitchers in the game and got a strong offensive performance that benefited from five errors by the alumni squad. The Gator alumni did manage 10 hits, including two by former three-time All-American Brad Wilkerson.

Freshman Ryan Raburn (pictured) homered in his first at-bat against the former Gators, providing one of the highlights of the afternoon.

Both squads participated in an autograph session before the game in the concourse of the stadium.

Florida returns to action Friday night against No. 5 Miami at Mark Light Stadium for the first of two games.

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