No. 25 Florida combined early hitting with strong relief pitching to beat
Georgia 7-4 and sweep the final weekend series of the 2000 season. Senior
Kurt Keene led Florida on senior day with a 2-for-4 performance scoring
two runs with one RBI.
Relievers Kenny Birch and Jay Belflower pitched the final four innings of
the game without allowing a run and only four combined hits. Belflower
picked up his fourth save of the year and second of the series. Gator
starter Joey Simon picked up the win improving to 8-2. Simon pitched five
innings giving up four runs, while only one was earned.
Mark Kiger led off the first inning with a double to centerfield. Kiger
later scored on a Krt Keene sacrifice fly to give UF a 1-0 lead. Kiger
finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and the one scored run.
UF used their half of the third inning to score four runs and take a
commanding lead. Keene led off the inning with a single to center. Jason
Dill then doubled down the leftfield line to put Gators at second and
third. After Tim Olson grounded out, Peter Nystrom was hit by a pitch to
load the bases for senior catcher Tony Socarras. Socarras chopped the
first pitch he saw between the pitcher and third baseman. Bulldog pitcher
Bill Sharpton fielded the ball and threw the ball away from the catcher
for two unearned runs to score. The Gators scored two more runs in the
inning on a single and a wild pitch.
The Gators scored one run in the seventh and eighth innings to finish off
their scoring. Sharpton, the Bulldog starter, took the loss and fell to 3-
Florida finished the season 38-20-1 and 18-11-1 in the SEC. The record
puts the Gators in second place of the SEC Eastern division and the No. 4
seed for the SEC Tournamnet. Georgia finished 31-24 and 14-15 in the
The Gators begin their postseason run Wednesday at the SEC Tournament.
The NCAA will announce regional hosts sites Monday (May 15) at 3 pm. The
64-team field will then be announced the following Monday (May 22) on