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Friday May 12, 2000Baseball Takes Opener 9-1 Over Georgia

Gainesville, FL

Florida catcher Tony Socarras (Miami, Fla.) hit a grand slam in the second inning to provide all the necessary offense as the 25th-ranked Gators defeated Georgia 9-1 Friday night at McKethan Stadium. UF starter Mike Smalley (5-7) went seven innings giving up one run while scattering seven hits with five strikeouts. Jay Belflower pitched two scoreless innings to secure the win.

Florida improved to 36-20-1, 16-11-1 in the SEC, while Georgia dropped to 31-22, 14-13.

Socarras did not stick around long after his grand slam. The senior was ejected in the bottom of the fourth inning after reaching base via a hit by pitch.

Florida scored a single run in third, fourth and fifth inning, adding two in the eighth on a single by Matt Siegel. Aaron Sobieraj and Tim Olson each had three hits to lead the 14-hit atttack by the Gators.

Georgia scored its only run against Smalley in the fourth ona RBI-single by Andy Neufield, who had two hits on the night.

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