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Sunday May 28, 2000Gator Baseball Advances to Regional Championship

WACO, Texas

Junior Tim Olson’s two-out, bases loaded double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Florida an 8-7 victory over San Jose State in the Waco Regional elimination game. The win advanced Florida to the Regional Championship game Monday at Noon ET against San Jose State.

Trailing 7-4 entering the ninth inning, Spartan starter Tim Adinolfi retired the first two batters to pull SJSU within one out of advancing to NCAA Super Regional action. Sophomore Mark Kiger and Matt Siegel both singled to extend the game for Kurt Keene. After SJSU brought in left- hander Chris Key, who earned the win against UF in the regional opener, Keene lined a single to score Kiger. After a wild pitch advanced the runners, DH Brian Rose was hit by pitch to load the bases. Spencer Williams pinch ran for Rose before Olson lined the ball in the gap in left center. Williams crossed the plate with the winning ran as the ball eluded catcher Adam Shorsher in a close play.

Olson had a career-high four hits with four RBI including a solo home run earlier in the game. Keene finished with two hits, surpassing David Eckstein’s school record for single season hits with his ninth inning single.

Jay Belflower earned the win in releif, pitching 4.1 innings. He allowed just one run on four hits.

Florida advanced out of the loser’s bracket to face San Jose State with a 14-0 victory over Southwest Texas State earlier in the day.

Joey Simon picked up his 10th win in the contest, allowing no runs on four hits over 6.1 innings. K.O. Wiegandt pitched 2.1 shutout innings in relief.

Florida had a postseason record 20 hits in the game. Eight of Florida’s nine starters had at least two hits.

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