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Thursday May 18, 2000Gator Baseball Opens SEC Tournament

Birmingham, Ala.

The 20th-ranked Florida baseball team scored a season-high six runs in the first inning to cruise to a 7-2 victory over No. 14 Auburn in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Wednesday.

Florida (39-20-1) got a strong performance from starter Mike Smalley, who did not allow his first hit until the fifth inning against the Tigers. Smalley left after seven innings, giving up one run on three hits to improve to 6-7 on the season.

Tim Olson (pictured) had a career-high four hits to lead the Gator attack that scored seven runs on eight hits.

The first seven UF batters reached base in the bottom of the first inning helped by two Auburn errors as six runs scored for the early advantage. The Gators added a single run in the second on a single by Olson for a 7-0 lead.

Auburn (40-17) ended the no-hit bid by Smalley with a solo home run by Bobby Huddleston in the fifth inning.

Eddie Rojas pitched the final two innings to secure the UF win, allowing a run on two hits.

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