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Wednesday February 9, 2000Jacksonville Tops Florida Baseball 13-11

Gainesville, FL

Jacksonville shortstop Dale Johnson hit a two-run home run to highlight the Dolphins 13-11 come-from-behind victory over No. 24 Florida Wednesday at Perry Field. Jacksonville (4-1) trailed 11-1 in the game before scoring six runs in the seventh and ninth innings to record the victory. Jacksonville has won four consecutive games over Florida at Perry Field dating to 1997.

Florida freshman Joey Simon (0-1) allowed six runs (two earned) on four hits in the ninth inning to take the loss, while Marcus Bell pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Sam Shipee (1-0) earned the win for the Dolphins.

Trailing 11-7 in the top of the ninth inning, the Dolphins rallied with the help of two Florida miscues, including a dropped foul ball and infield error that helped keep the rally alive. JU loaded the bases on two singles and a walk off Simon. After a foul ball dropped between 3B Pat Osborn and catcher Brian Rose, Brook Hoover then doubled to score a pair of runs with two outs. Grant Conyers grounded to UF shortstop Tim Olson, who misplayed the ball as two additional runs scored to tie the game. Johnson followed with the two-run blast to give the Dolphins the lead.

Florida built its lead on four home runs in the first six innings, including a pair of three-run home runs by Tony Socarras and Jason Dill. Ryan Shealy and Mark Kiger also homered in the game. The Gators wasted strong performances by its first three pitchers, holding JU to a single run over the first six innings.

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