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Tuesday April 4, 2000Baseball Defeats Bethune-Cookman 15-3

Gainesville, FL

Florida put together a balanced attack to beat Bethune Cookman College 15- 3 Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. Florida (23-14) won its sixth consecutive non-conference game and third overall, while the Wildcats dropped to 21-22.

Four Gator batters had at least three hits led by shortstop Kevin Estrada, who had four hits in five at-bats and one run scored.

Junior Eddie Rojas made his first career, pitching five innings to earn the victory. Rojas (pictured) moves to 2-0 on the year, while Bethune Cookman starter Carlos Marrero took the loss falling to 1-4.

Gator leadoff batter Mark Kiger reached base to leadoff the first and third innings, scoring both times. In the first, Kiger opened the game with a triple and scored on the next at-bat with a Taylor Wood sacrifice fly. Kiger led off the third inning with a walk. He scored two batters later on a Kurt Keene double down the left field line.

K.O. Wiegandt and Stuart McFarland pitched the final four innings in relief of Rojas. Wiegandt made his first pitching appearance since March 28 of1998. He went two innings giving up one hit while striking out three. McFarland finished off the game going the final two innings also allowing one hit.

UF will again host Bethune Cookman tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

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