Fourth-ranked Miami hit five home runs among 19 hits to hand 18th-ranked
Florida a 16-8 loss at Mark Light Stadium in front of 3,633 fans Friday
night. It was the ninth consecutive loss for the Gators at Mark Light
Stadium, dropping Florida to 3-1 on the season. Miami improved to 3-2 on
Right fielder Manny Crespo led the Hurricane attack with a 3-for-3
performance with five RBI and four runs scored highlighted by a pair of
home runs. UM shortstop Javy Rodriguez also had three hits for the
Hurricanes, while Lale Esquival and Mike DiRosa had two hits each.
Mark Kiger(pictured)led Florida with three hits on the night and scored
The Hurricanes benefited from four walks in the first inning from UF
starter Jimmy Ramshaw (0-1), who allowed five runs over three innings.
UM’s three first inning runs would only be the beginning for the struggles
of the Florida pitching staff. The Hurricanes scored in seven of eight
innings on the night after entering the game of two-game scoreless
Greg Howell (1-0) got the win in relief for the Hurricanes, allowing two
runs on five hits over three innings of relief for starter David Gil.
Chris Sheffield pitched the final two innings for the ‘Canes.
UF shortstop Tim Olson and head coach Andy Lopez were ejected in the ninth
inning with UM catcher Greg Lovelady and UM head coach Jim Morris. The
ejections came after Olson was hit in the head with a pitch from Sheffield
to lead off the inning.