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Sunday April 2, 2000Gator Baseball Takes Series with 10-6 Win

Gainesville, FL

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 relief.

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.

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