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Saturday April 15, 2000Baseball Drops Two to LSU

Gainesville, FL

Louisiana State took advantage of seven unearned runs over two games to take both games of the doubleheader Saturday at McKethan Stadium Saturday 10-4 and 9-6 to stay atop the Southeastern Conference Western Division standings with a 12-4 record. The Tigers improved to 29-10 overall with the two-game sweep.

Florida, which was unbeaten over the last eight games entering the day, dropped to 27-16-1, 9-7-1 in SEC play.

LSU’s Brian Tallet (8-2) pitched six innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on 10 hits with six strikeouts in the second game Saturday. Cedrick Harris and Mike Fontenot each had three hits in the game and DH Jeff Lipari added a solo home run. Bo Pettit and Weylin Guidry combined for three scoreless innings to complete the two-game sweep.

In the first game, LSU broke open a 4 all game with six runs over the final two innings against the UF bullpen to take the series opener that was originally rained out Friday night. Brad Hawpe provided one of the key blows with a three-run home run off Eddie Rojas in the ninth inning.

Florida committed eight errors on the day, including five in the opener that helped three unearned runs score.

Hunter Gomez (6-0) allowed four runs (three earned) over 7.1 innings to win the opener for the Tigers.

Florida’s Tim Olson extended his hit streak to 25 games with 2-for-3 effort in the first game and 2-for-4 line in the second. He is one game short of the Florida school record set by Brad Wilkerson over the 1996 and 1997 seasons of 26 consecutive games.

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