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Friday March 10, 2000Ole Miss Tops Florida Baseball 11-5 in SEC Opener

Gainesville, FL

Ole Miss took the lead in the 2nd inning on a two-run home run by Justin Huisman and never looked back, defeating Florida 11-5 in the Southeastern Conference opener at McKethan Stadium. Ole Miss improved to 11-5, 1-0 in SEC play, while Florida dropped to 11-10, 0-1.

Ole Miss starter Jeff McAvoy (4-1) went 6.1 innings for the win and reliever Ronnie Goodwin held UF in check over the final 2.2 innings to pick up his second save on the year. Right fielder Craig Nugen led the offensive attack for the Rebels, going 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI.

Gator starter Mike Smalley (3-2) took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) over 6.1 innings.

Florida, which had five errors in the game, pulled within one run at 6-5, scoring three runs in the seventh and a single run in the eighth. The potenital game-tying run was thrown out at the plate to end the eighth inning.

Ole Miss then jumped on the Florida bullpen for five runs in the ninth inning for the final margin of victory.

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