For the second straight night Florida beat Bethune Cookman using timely
hitting and strong pitching for the10-3 victory. It marked Florida’s
seventh straight mid-week victory and 10th win in the last 11 games.
UF (24-14) used at least one hit from every starter to put the game out of
hand early. The Gators were up on Bethune Cookman (21-23) 6-0 after three
innings and 10-0 after six innings. Overall the Gators had 16 hits on the
Gator starter Joey Simon picked up the victory for a team-high sixth time
against two losses. Simon went five innings, allowing no runs while
striking out three. Three Gator pitchers shutout the Wildcats for the
first eight innings. Kenny Birch and Jay Belflower followed Simon
combining for three scoreless innings while giving up only two hits. Aaron
Sobieraj pitched the final inning.
For the third consecutive game leadoff batter Mark Kiger got on base and
scored to give UF the lead. The Gators have not lost the lead in the last
three games after Kiger has scored. Kiger finished the night 2-for-4 with
three runs scored and one RBI.
Aaron Sobieraj, who started the game at first base, was 3-for-5 at the
plate with a single, double and a triple. Sobieraj had two RBI and scored
once. Tim Olson (pictured) went 3-for-5, extending his streak to 19 games.
Olson continued the streak with a two-run homer off Wildcat starter Chanx
Martin who fell to 2-3 on the season.
Before the game Kurt Keene cut his left leg on an air vent and needed 12
stitches. Keene’s streak of 64 consecutive starts ended because of the
The Gators next play Friday at Kentucky at 6 p.m. Kentucky is 25-6 on the
year and 5-6 in SEC play.