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Monday March 27, 2000Gator Baseball Sweeps Arkansas with 7-4 Win

Fayetteville, Ark.

Tim Olson’s three-run home run in the ninth inning gave Florida a 7-4 victory and completed the three-game sweep over Arkansas in the series finale Sunday at Baum Stadium. Arkansas was swept at home for the second consecutive weekend, dropping to 15-15, 2-7 in SEC play.

Junior reliever Eddie Rojas earned the win with 3.1 innings out of the bullpen. He did not allow a hit with one walk and one strikeout to get his first career win.

With two outs in the ninth inning, Jason Dill walked followed by a single by Pete Nystrom to extend the inning. Olson then hit the first offering from reliever Brian Bohannan over the left field fence, giving UF the sweep and 7-4 victory.

Florida (18-13, 5-4 SEC) had tied the game at 4 in the eighth inning when Tony Socarras lined a single into the corner in right field. Arkansas right fielder Brian Kirby bobbled the ball, allowing Olson to score from first base on the play. Olson, who went 3-for-4 in the game, singled to leadoff the inning.

Arkansas had led early in the game, trying to prevent the three-game sweep.

With the game tied at 2, UF starter Jay Belflower walked the leadoff batter in the fifth inning before being removed for Jeff Cardozo. After a strikeout, Cardozo walked Brian Kirby with both runners advancing a base when a pickoff attempt at second base got away from shortstop Kevin Estrada. Kirby then lined a double down the left field line to plate the two runs.

Florida managed just two runs in the game before the rain delay. Dill scored in the second inning after a triple into the gap in right-center field. The Gators also scored a run in third inning.

Arkansas led twice early off Belflower, scoring a single run in the first before leaving the bases loaded. The Razorbacks also got an unearned run in the second after an error by Kurt Keene led to a run.

The game was halted for 55 minutes in the fifth inning due to rain and ended just before a second storm hit the Fayetteville area.

Florida returns home for a seven-game homestand beginning Tuesday against Sanford at 7 p.m.
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