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Friday May 26, 2000Florida Baseball Drops NCAA Regional Opener

WACO, Texas

Senior left-hander Chris Key held Florida to a season-low four hits over nine innings to help No. 3 seed San Jose State to a 4-1 victory over second-seeded Florida in the first round of the Waco Regional at Baylor Ballpark. Florida (41-22-1) lost in the first round of NCAA postseason play for the first time since 1985, dropping into the loser’s bracket to face the loser of the Sourthwest Texas State and Baylor on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Mike Smalley (6-8) took the loss for Florida, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. Key (12-2) won his 12th game of the season, holding UF to just five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

San Jose State (37-20) scored single runs in the third thru sixth innings to build a four-run advantage on the 14th-ranked Florida squad. SJSU scored its first run with the help of a Florida error in the third inning, scoring the first run of the game on a fielder’s choice. Right fielder Brandon Macchi, who doubled to leadoff the fourth inning, scored on a groundout. SJSU added a run on a sacrfice fly in the fifth and Adam Shorsher hit a solo home run in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.

Florida rallied for a single run in the ninth to avoid its first shutout of the season. Pete Nystrom lined out to center field to end the game with one runner on third base.

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