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Saturday March 4, 2000Florida Baseball Defeats UMass 7-1

Gainesville, FL

Florida pitchers Alex Hart and Jeff Cardozo combined to hold Massachusetts to five hits and got strong run support as Florida took the second game of the series 7-1 Saturday at McKethan Stadium. Florida (9-8) won for the second consecutive game, while the Minutemen dropped to 0-2 on the season.
Hart allowed the only UMass run on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts, while Cardozo (1-0) held Massachusetts in check with five scoreless innings out of the bullpen for his first win of the season. Jesse Santos (0-1) took the loss for UMass, allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits over five innings.

Mark Kiger had two hits for Florida among seven players with at least one hit on the day. DH Aaron Davidson provided a big hit with single with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Matt Goss followed with a double to add two additional runs. Kurt Keene’s sacrifice fly completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly.

UMass took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a run-scoring single by Gavin Clark off Hart, scoring Aaron Senez. The Gators tied the game in the bottom of the inning with an unearned run. The Gators took the lead for good in the fourth with a single by Kiger, scoring Tony Socarras who had doubled with two outs.

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