Saturday February 10, 2001No. 4 Miami Defeats No. 13 Florida Baseball 8-7
No. 4 Miami broke a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the ninth with Mike DiRosaís RBI single to defeat No. 13 Florida 8-7 before 5,271 fans Saturday at Mark Light Stadium.
Florida came back from a 7-5 deficit with two runs in the eighth. David Klebonis led off with a pinch hit single and Kevin Estrada singled. Klebonis scored on Aaron Davidsonís sacrifice fly. Matt Siegelís double to leftfield scored Estrada to tie the game at 7-7.
But Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and DiRosa lined a single into leftfield for the game winning run.
The game saw several lead changes. Miami battled back from a 5-3 deficit to take a 6-5 lead with three runs in the fifth inning. Kevin Howard led off with a double and scored on consecutive wild pitches and Mike Rodriguez gave Miami its lead as he belted a two-run home run to rightfield. Danny Matienzo made it 7-5 with a solo home run in the seventh.
Florida built a 5-3 fourth inning lead. The Gators went up 4-0 in the second off Miami starter Tom Farmer when two Gators reached base on consecutive walks. Junior Matt Gossí RBI single drove home Jason Dill, Goss stole second and scored on Brian Roseís RBI double. Kevin Estrada followed with a RBI triple to right centerfield, scoring Rose and Aaron Davidsonís RBI single scored Estrada. Ryan Shealy made it 5-3 with a solo home run in the fourth.
Florida reliever Keith Ramsey (0-1) took the loss. Miamiís Luke DeBold (1-1) earned the victory.
Florida starter Jay Belflower pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and allowed nine hits and six runs. He struck out five batters. Miami starter Tom Farmer went 4 2/3 innings and allowed four walks, five hits and five runs (all earned).
Davidson extended his hitting streak to seven games dating back to last year. He also extended a streak of reaching base safely to eight plate appearances dating back the Savannah State game. Shealy hit his third home run of the season (and third in four games) with a solo shot to rightfield in the fourth inning.
The game was televised by Fox Sports Net-Florida and will appear on a tape delayed basis at 11:30 p.m. ET.
Florida is back in action on Tuesday (Feb. 13) and Wednesday (Feb. 14) for a two-game series at McKethan Stadium against Charleston Southern. Game times are 7 p.m. on Tuesday and 5 p.m. on Wednesday.