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Saturday April 1, 2000Baseball Defeats Vanderbilt 5-2

Gainesville, FL

Jeff Cardozo (Hobe Sound, Fla.) pitched a complete game to lead Florida to a 5-2 win over Vanderbilt Saturday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improved to 21-14, 6-5 in Southeastern Conference play, while Vanderbilt dropped to 14-15, 2-8 in SEC play.

Vanderbilt jumped out to a two-run lead with a pair of first inning runs off Cardozo (pictured), but the Commodores were limited to just three hits over the final eight innings as UF recorded its 14th comeback win of the season.

Cardozo (3-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts. It was the first complete game for UF since Keith Brice accomplished the feat against Tennessee on March 19, 1999. Zach Cook (1-3) took the loss for Vanderbilt.

Kevin Estrada provided Florida’s first two runs with a sacrifice fly in fourth inning and a run-scoring double down the right field line in the sixth inning.

With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth, Tony Socarras led off the inning with a single, advancing to third on Aaron Sobieraj’s ground out. Socarras then scored the winning run on a wild pitch by reliever Jeff Little. After Mark Kiger walked and Matt Siegel was hit by a pitch, Kurt Keene tripled off the wall in right field to score the two insurance runs.

Cardozo retired Vanderbilt in order in the ninth, recording back-to-back strikeouts to end the game. He retired the final 14 Vanderbilt batters in order and 17 of 18 overall to end the game.

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