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Saturday May 13, 2000Gator Baseball Defeats Georgia 7-6

Gainesville, FL

Florida scored five runs in the first inning and fought off a late comeback by Georgia to hold on for a 7-6 victory Saturday night at McKethan Stadium.

The Gators (37-20-1, 17-11-1) got a strong performance from starter Jeff Cardozo, who pitched 5 1/3 to pick up the victory to improve his record to 5-2. Relievers Eddie Rojas and Jay Belflower pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to hold on to the victory, allowing only one run. Belflower picked up his third save, retiring the final two batters in the game.

Tim Olson started the scoring with a two-run, bases-loaded double in the first as UF took a lead it would not relinquish. Pete Nystrom knocked in Jason Dill with a ground out and UF added two more on an Aaron Sobieraj single for a 5-0 lead.

Tony Socarras added a two-run home run in the third inning to complete the Gator scoring.

Georgia, which got on the board on a Josh Dorminy home run in the second, hit three home runs on the day. The Bulldogs knocked Cardozo out with a four-run sixth inning highlighted by three-run home run by Doc Brooks.

Georgia pulled within one run in the ninth when Dorminy hit his second home run of the game off Eddie Rojas. Belflower then got the final two outs to end the game with a walk in between that put the tying-run on base.

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