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Saturday February 5, 2000Florida Baseball Defeated by Miami 17-1


Fifth-ranked Miami won its 10th consecutive game over Florida at Mark Light Stadium 17-1 Saturday, posting one of the most lopsided victories in the history of the series. Miami (4-2) scored four runs in the first inning and seven in the second to cruise to the victory over the Gators (3- 2).

UF starter Mike Smalley (1-1) allowed four runs in the first inning on four hits with the aid of two walks and a hit by pitch. The Hurricanes knocked Smalley out of the game without recording an out in the second inning. The Hurricanes got a leadoff double from second baseman Kris Clute, who scored following a single by shortstop Javy Rodriguez and pair of walks forced him home. Third baseman Lale Esquivel singled to third, scoring Rodriguez and fifth run came home on an error by Kurt Keene.

Sophomore Alex Hart entered the game, recording the first two outs in the inning before allowing a single to Jim Burt and walk to Marcus Nettles. Clute, who led off the inning with a double, then tripled to complete the scoring as Miami led 11-0.

Miami’s Troy Roberson held Florida in check over five innings, allowing just four hits with six strikeouts.

Miami added six runs in the fifth inning, building its lead to 17-0. It is the largest shutout loss by Florida in school history.

Jason Dill hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to score Florida’s only run and prevent its largest shutout loss in school history.

Florida returns to Gainesville for its home opener on Wednesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. against the University of Jacksonville at McKethan Stadium at Perry Field.

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