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Sunday April 9, 2000Florida Baseball Finishes Series with Tie

Lexington, Ky.

- Florida and Kentucky finished the series finale tied at 6 when the game was called due to Florida's previous travel arrangements. Due to Southeastern Conference rules, no inning could start after 3:15 to allow the Gators to make their scheduled flight. It is Florida's first tie since 1984 when UF and Georgia finished tied at 9.

Junior Tim Olson preserved the tie with a game-saving catch in center field to secure the tie. Kentucky had loaded the bases on a single and a pair of walks. Reliever Eddie Rojas then entered the game to face Beau Moore, who lined the 0-2 pitch to center in what proved to be the final play of the game.

Florida's record is now 26-14-1, 9-5-1 in SEC play.

Florida led 6-3 before Kentucky rallied in the eighth to tie the game. The final run that tied the scored cross the plate on a wild pitch.

Florida had taken a 6-3 lead with the help of Tony Socarras' two home runs.

After Tim Olson was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, Tony Socarras belted his 10th home run of the season to give Florida the lead. He hit his second home run of the game in his next at-bat in the eighth inning to stretch the lead to 6-3 only to see it erased by a rally by Kentucky in the eighth inning.

Kentucky threatened in the sixth inning, putting runners on first and second on a single and an error by Kevin Estrada. With two outs, Jeff Meade singled to left field but Robert Newton was thrown out at the plate by Matt Siegel to end the inning.

Kentucky had jumped on the board first off UF starter Joey Simon, scoring three runs in the third inning. UK shortstop Jeff Meade singled and scored on a double by Andy Green for the first run of the game. Center fielder Beau Moore then hit a two-run home run to center field for the three-run advantage.

The Gators bounced back with two runs in the fourth, scoring both runs when Aaron Sobieraj's grounder to third base went through the legs of Vince Harrison. Pete Nystrom and Tim Olson each had singled earlier in the inning, advancing into scoring position on a ground out by Tony Socarras.

Florida returns home for four games starting with a mid-week contest against Stetson at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

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