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Tuesday May 9, 2000Baseball Defeats South Florida

Gainesville, FL

The 25th-ranked Florida baseball used a five-run fourth inning to cruise to a 10-5 victory over South Florida Tuesday at McKethan Stadium. Florida won its 10th-consecutive non-conference game to improve to 35-20-1 on the season, while South Florida dropped to 27-25.

UF junior Eddie Rojas (5-0) pitched a career-high 5.1 innings with a career-high six strikeouts to earn the victory for the Gators. Kenny Birch picked up the save with 3.2 innings of relief, allowing just one run on seven hits.

Jason Hubbard (0-2) took the loss for the Bulls, giving up four runs on five hits over 3.1 innings.

Leading 1-0, the Gators had a season-high six consecutive hits in the fourth inning to break open the game with five runs. UF added two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh on Tony Socarras’ 16th home run of the season to secure the win.

Second baseman Mark Kiger led Florida with three hits as each starter had at least one hit on the night. Mike Cunningham paced USF with a 4-for-5 effort on the night.

Florida completes its regular season action with a three-game series against Georgia starting Friday.

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