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Wednesday March 29, 2000Baseball Wins on Ninth Inning Home Run

Gainesville, FL

Tim Olson’s three-run ninth inning home run capped a six-run ninth inning and completed Florida’s comeback with a 9-6 victory over Samford Wednesday at McKethan Stadium. Florida (20-13) won its sixth consecutive game, scoring all nine runs over the final three innings to record the five-run comeback effort.

Olson, who finished 1-for-5 on the night, extended his hit streak to 14 games with the ninth inning home run. It marked the second time in the last three games Olson has won a game with a ninth inning home run. Olson’s three-run home run helped UF to a 7-4 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.

After six innings, the Gators were trailing 5-0 after a five-run Samford fifth inning broke open a scoreless game. Four Bullsog batters had two hits on the night, including Grant Cladwell, who added his eighth home run of the season.

Kenny Birch (4-0) benefitted from the comeback, pitching a scoreless ninth to earn the win. Ty Dedmon (2-4) took the loss for Samford.

Aaron Sobieraj, who went 3-for-4, started off the ninth inning with a double to centerfield. Pat Osborn and Mark Kiger then followed with two singles to pull UF within two runs at 6-4. An error by shortstop Eddie Harris allowed the fifth run to score. Jason Dill then singled to tie the game at six, scoring Mark Kiger and setting up Olson’s heroics.

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