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Wednesday April 5, 2000Florida Baseball Wins Fourth Straight 10-3

Gainesville, FL

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 night.

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 freak accident.

The Gators next play Friday at Kentucky at 6 p.m. Kentucky is 25-6 on the year and 5-6 in SEC play.

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