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Sunday April 30, 2000Baseball Wins Series with 7-6 Win

Gainesville, FL

Tim Olson hit a two-run home run to deep centerfield in the eighth inning to give Florida the 7-6 come-from-behind victory over eighth-ranked Auburn Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.

Florida used four pitchers on the day in the victory to move to 33-18-1, 14-9-1 in the SEC. Jay Belflower (5-3) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to pick up the victory. Belflower struck out two without giving up a hit or run on the day.

The victory was Florida’s 11th last at-bat comeback win on the season. Florida remains in second place in the SEC Eastern division with the win and Georgia’s 8-7 loss to South Carolina.

The Gators went up on Auburn (37-13, 14-10) early in the game and had a 5- 0 lead after six innings behind the strong outing by Gator starter Craig Mosher. The Tigers then scored six runs in the top of the seventh. Third baseman Bobby Burnham had the big blast of the inning with a three-run homer off reliever Kenny Birch.

Florida used the eighth inning as the comeback point for the third straight game. Matt Siegel led off the inning with a single to left field. Pinch runner Ron Colombo advanced to second on a wild pitch to set the stage for Olson. With two outs Olson took Auburn closer Colter Bean’s pitch over the fence for the game tying and winning runs. Bean fell to 8-3 with the loss.

Florida returns to action next Friday at Mississippi St. for a big three- game SEC series. Friday’s game can be heard on WRUF 850 beginning at 7:20 pm.

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