Wednesday February 7, 2001Gator Baseball Defeats Savannah State 35-1
Florida broke school records for runs scored (35), margin of victory (34) and runs batted in (34) as it defeated Savannah State in baseball Wednesday before 521 fans at McKethan Stadium. The game was added to Florida’s schedule to make up for Sunday’s canceled game against Miami.
With the win, Florida improves to 1-1 on the season while Savannah State drops to 6-4.
Florida jumped ahead in the second inning as it broke a school inning record for runs scored with 18. In the inning, Florida finished with school inning records with three home runs and 11 hits. The Gators batted around two times and three players saw three plate appearances. Freshman Ben Harrison tied individual inning school records with three at bats, three runs scored and three hits in the inning which saw him hit a home run and two singles. Ryan Shealy hit the first of two home runs and Peter Nystrom added a home run in the inning.
The Gators added seven more runs in the fourth, five in the fifth and four in the eighth.
Florida was led by Ryan Shealy who went 3-4 with four runs scored, two home runs and six RBI. Matt Siegel went 3-6 with three runs and six RBI, Ben Harrison finished 3-4 with four runs and two RBI and his first career home run, Pat Osborn went 2-6 with three RBI and three runs. In all the Gators hit five home runs, two triples and four doubles and totaled 50 total bases.
Starting pitcher Jay Belflower (1-0) pitched the first three innings for the victory. Savannah State starter Tim Fries took the loss.
Savannah State (6-4) broke the shutout in the top of the ninth inning when Floyd Mack led off with a double to leftfield and advanced third on a fly ball. Marcus Griffin nailed a shot off pitcher Keith Ramsey’s foot that scored Mack to end the shutout.
Florida (1-1) travels to Miami (3-1) this weekend (Feb. 9-10) for a two-game series at Mark Light Stadium. Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Both games will be televised on Fox Sports Net-Florida but will not be available locally in Gainesville. Saturday’s contest will be broadcast live while Sunday’s will be tape delayed. All 56 Florida baseball games are broadcast on the Gator Radio Network.
TEAM GAME RECORDS
*Gators break school record for runs in a game (35). Former record was 32 set vs. Kentucky on 4/4/98
*Gators break school record for margin of victory (34). Former record was 31 set in a 31-0 victory against Georgia State, 2/9/96
*Gators break school record for RBI in a game (34). Former record was 28, three times- vs. Tennessee, 4/29/60, vs. Georgia State, 2/9/96 and vs. Kentucky, 4/4/98
INNING RECORDS (all in second inning)
*Gators tie school inning runs record (18). Record is 18 set vs. Kentucky on 3/17/65 in the sixth inning.
*Gators tie school inning hits record (11). Record is 11 set vs. Alabama on 3/19/89 in the sixth inning.
*Gators set school inning home runs record (3) for the sixth time in UF history.
*Ben Harrison broke inning records for at bats (3), runs scored (3) and hits (3) in the second inning. He totaled six total bases (one home run and two singles) in the inning.
*Ryan Shealy hit a career-high two home runs