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Saturday May 20, 2000Baseball Advances to SEC Tournament Finals

Birmingham, Ala.

The 20th-ranked Florida baseball team continued its strong play with a 12- 4 victory over No. 1 South Carolina Saturday to advance to the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship game for the first time since 1996. Florida will play No. 2 seed Louisiana State at 4 p.m. ET.

Florida (41-20-1) took advantage of a season-high five errors by the Gamecocks and got strong performances by pitchers Eddie Rojas and K.O. Wiegandt to claim the victory.

Rojas (6-0) went five innings, allowing just four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Junior K.O. Wiegandt, who had pitched just four innings this season, threw three scoreless innings in relief to secure the win.

Left fielder Matt Siegel led the Florida offensive attack with a career- high five RBI. The Tampa, Fla., native knocked in two runs with a second inning single and added three sacrifice flys.

UF jumped out on South Carolina with a seven-run second inning, erasing the Gamecocks three-run lead via a home run by Drew Meyer. After USC pulled within 7-4, they were held scoreless over the final five innings as Florida handed USC its second-worst loss of the season.

After scoring single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, the Gators added three runs in the eighth inning to end the game one inning early via the tournament’s eight-run rule after the seventh inning.

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