Saturday February 24, 2001Gator Baseball Defeats Florida State 3-2
Junior Matt Goss’ 10th inning single scored freshman Ben Harrison and gave No. 20 Florida a 3-2 victory over No. 13 Florida State Saturday before a season-high 4,012 fans at McKethan Stadium. The victory improved Florida to 5-6 overall while Florida State dropped to 3-5.
Harrison led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk. The freshman from Key West, Fla. picked up his first career college steal moving to second base. After a flyout to centerfield, Goss singled to center field allowing Harrison to score from second after the throw took a wild bounce of the pitcher’s rubber.
Florida starter Joey Simon pitched a career-high 8.2 innings giving up only 3 hits and one earned run in 123 total pitches. It was the longest a Gator pitcher had thrown all season. Junior reliever Keith Ramsey (1-1) pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn the victory. He allowed only one hit and no runs.
Florida State jumped on top 1-0 in the first on a Ryan Barthelemy home run down the right field line. The Gators then tied up the game in the bottom of the fifth when Matt Goss scored on catcher Brian Rose’s double down the left field line.
Florida took its first lead in the seventh on Matt Siegel’s RBI single which scored Kevin Estrada. Simon then took a one run lead until the top of the ninth. With two outs Blair McCaleb reached base on a throwing error and advanced to second. Tony Richie advanced to first on an error which also allowed pinch runner Jeff Probst to score on the play to tying the game at 2-2.
Florida State reliever Eric Roman (1-1) took the loss going 1.1 innings of relief giving up the winning run in the tenth. Seminole starter Blair Varnes pitched 6.1 innings allowing only one earned run.
It was the first time Florida had won back-to-back games against Florida State since the College World Series in 1996.
The two teams are back in action tomorrow at McKethan Stadium. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.