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Friday February 9, 2001No. 13 Baseball Drops 10-4 Decision to No. 4 Miami

Gainesville, FL

No. 4 Miami handed No. 13 Florida a 10-4 decision Friday before 4,523 fans at Mark Light Stadium. The loss dropped Florida to 1-2 overall while Miami improved to 5-1 on the season.

"We had a lot of opportunities," Florida coach Andy Lopez said. "We didn’t get the hits when we needed them."

Florida stranded 11 runners and ended two innings with double plays. The game was 3 hours and 37 minutes and saw 11 combined pitchers take the mound.

Miami jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the third inning on Kris Clute’s three-run home run to leftfield. The Hurricanes went up 5-2 on consecutive RBI hits from Mike Rodriguez (single) and Kevin Mannix (double).

Florida rallied back from its 5-4 in the fifth. The Gators scored a run in fifth when Jason Dill drove Aaron Davidson home on a single. They added another run in the sixth on a balk to pull within 5-4.

But Miami erupted with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-4 lead. Clute’s RBI single made it 6-4 with an RBI single followed by a two RBI double from Javy Rodriguez. Danny Matienzo drove in the final run.

Florida starter Joey Simon (0-2) threw the first 3 2/3 innings and allowed six hits and five runs (5 ER), walked two batters and struck out six. All five runs came with two outs.

Miami starter Brian Walker (2-0) earned the victory after pitching 5.0 innings and allowing eight hits, three runs (three earned). He struck out two batters. Javy Rodriguez led the Hurricanes with a 3-5 performance at the plate. Clute finished 2-4 with two runs and four RBI.

Davidson led the Gators with a 4-4 day which included two runs scored, an RBI and his first career home run in the third inning. The four hits were a career-high. Pat Osborn, Jason Dill and Ben Harrison each collected two hits apiece.

Game two of the two-game series is tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Mark Light Stadium. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net-Florida on a tape delayed basis and will appear at 11:30 p.m. ET. Florida will start junior RHP Jay Belflower while Miami will go with Tom Farmer.

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