Saturday April 29, 2000Baseball Falls to Auburn, 11-8 in 10 Innings
Bobby Huddleston’s two-run 10th-inning double highlighted Auburn’s11-8 win over Florida Saturday night at McKethan Stadium at Perry Field. Eighth-ranked Auburn improved to 37-12 and 14-9 in Southeastern Conference action, while Florida dropped to 32-18-1 and 13-9-1. Despite the loss, the Gators remain in second place in the SEC Eastern Division after third-place Georgia dropped a 7-5 decision to South Carolina.
After a four-run eighth-inning rally highlighted a 5-3 Gator victory in Friday’s series opener, UF did its best to pull off a repeat performance. Like the night before, pinch-hitter Matt Goss provided the fireworks. Goss, who had a two-run pinch-hit game-winning single Friday, connected on a three-run blast to tie the game at eight in the eighth frame.
Both teams left a base runner on in the ninth before the extra frame. The Tigers 10th began when Brett Burnham reached on shortstop Kevin Estrada’s error. Hayden Gliemo then attempted to sacrifice Burnham over, but Gator first-baseman Kurt Keene couldn’t find the bag to put runners on first and second. Huddleston the stroked a 1-2 pitch from Jay Belflower (4-3) down the left field line for the difference in the game. Tiger reliever Brandon Mayfield (6-1) pitched a scoreless ninth and 10th to pick up the win.
Auburn used a six-run fifth inning and added two runs in the seventh for the 8-4 cushion before the Gators rallied to tie the score. The Tigers, who were held hitless through the first four innings by UF starter Jeff Cordoza exploded for seven hits in the fifth frame. Four straight hits ended Cordoza’s night and Mailon Kent greeted Eddie Rojas with a grand slam to extend his hitting streak to 25 games. Auburn’s seven-hit inning came after the Tigers managed just five hits in the first 13 innings of the series.
The two teams meet in the final game of the series Sunday at 1:30 p.m.