Florida took over the lead for good with a three-run sixth inning to take
the series with a 10-6 victory over Vanderbilt Sunday at McKetban Stadium.
Florida (22-14, 7-5) won for the sixth time in the last seven conference
games, while Vanderbilt dropped to 14-16, 2-9 in league play.
Joey Simon (5-2) earned the win with two innings out of the bullpen. Jay
Belflower picked up his first career save with 1.2 innings of scoreless
The game featured five lead changes as each team tried to take the series
finale. Trailing 5-4 in the sixth inning, Florida scored three times to
take the lead for the final time. Tony Socarras doubled to leadoff the
inning, advancing to third base on a single by Aaron Sobieraj. Kevin
Estrada and Mark Kiger followed with back-to-back singles to score two
runs. Estrada scored the final run on a ground out by Matt Siegel.
Florida added three insurance runs in the eighth inning when Tim Olson
belted a three-run home run to build the lead to 10-6. The hit extended
Olson’s hit streak to 17 games, marking the third time in the last six
games Olson has extended the streak with a late inning home run.