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Saturday February 3, 2001Miami Defeats Florida Baseball 14-5

Gainesville, FL

No. 4 Miami used a 14-hit offensive attack to defeat No. 13 Florida 14-5 in its season opener Saturday before 3,522 fans at McKethan Stadium. Miami improves to 3-1 overall while Florida drops to 0-1.

Six Hurricanes finished with two hits apiece led by right fielder Kevin Mannix who went 2 for 5 with three RBI and three runs scored. Mannix hit a two-run homerun in the 5th inning to give the Hurricanes an 8-4 lead.

Miami jumped out to a 4-0 lead with four runs in the second inning. After Danny Matienzo was hit by pitch, Kevin Mannix reached base on an error and Kevin Brown followed with a single to load the bases. Matienzo scored on an errant throw and Mike DiRosa hit a three-run home run to give Miami its 4-0 lead.

Trailing 6-0, Florida battled back with four runs in the fourth inning on a Miami error and RBI singles from Ryan Shealy, Ben Harrison and Kevin Estrada. That was as close as the Gators got as Miami scored its five runs in the sixth inning.

Hurricane reliever Chris Sheffield (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in 1.1 innings of work. Sheffield struck two Gator batters out while allowing one run.

Florida starter Joey Simon (0-1) took the loss. Simon pitched 3.2 innings giving up 6 runs, 5 earned.

Gator third baseman Pat Osborn went 2-5 with two runs scored and one RBI and Kevin Estrada also collected two hits. Freshman outfielder Ben Harrison made his first collegiate start for Florida and collected his first collegiate hit and RBI.

Ryan Shealy and Aaron Davidson made their first appearances since suffering season ending injuries last season. Shealy went 1-3 with an RBI while Davidson finished 1-4. Jason Dill became just the second Gator player to start four consecutive season openers since 1984. Brian Duva (1991-94) was the other player.

Five Gator pitchers saw action in the game including Simon, K.O. Wiegandt (1.1), Ben Hedgecock (0.0), Robbie Wells (3.0) and T.J. Stanton (1.0).

The Gators host Miami again tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Florida will start junior RHP Jay Belflower while Miami will go with RHP Kiki Bengochea. The game will be broadcast on the Gator Radio Network.

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