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Sunday March 12, 2000Florida Baseball Avoids Sweep with 13-3 Win

Gainesville, FL

Florida won its first SEC baseball game with a 13-3 victory over Ole Miss Sunday at McKethan Stadium. The Gators improved to 12-11, and 1-2 in the SEC on the year.

UF starter Jeff Cardozo (2-0) set the tone early, picking up the win with five strong innings on the mound. The Gator batters followed Cardozo’s lead with a 13-run, 17 hit performance on the afternoon.

Kurt Keene led the hot Gator bats going 3-for-5 on the day with a grand slam in the fifth inning. Leftfielder Peter Nystrom (pictured) also swung a big stick for the Gators, going 3-for-3 on the day and scoring twice.

Kenny Birch replaced Cardozo, who left the game in the sixth inning with tightness in his pitching shoulder. Birch picked up his second save, pitching the final four innings while striking out a career-high seven batters.

Florida broke the game open in the fifth inning, scoring nine runs on nine hits. The inning was highlighted by Keene’s grand slam. It was Keene’s second at bat of the inning as the Gators sent 14 batters to the plate.

Ole Miss fell to 12-6, 2-1 on the year. Rebel starter Joey Cramblitt took the loss falling to 3-2 on the year.

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