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Wednesday February 28, 2001Baseball Rallies to Defeat Jacksonville 9-7

Gainesville, FL

Florida rallied from a 7-0 deficit with nine unanswered runs in defeating Jacksonville 9-7 in baseball Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium. Florida improved to 6-7 on the season while Jacksonville drops to 5-4.

The comeback win was Florida’s biggest come-from-behind win since an eight run deficit was erased vs. Miami on February 7, 1999. It was the third comeback victory of the season for the Gators who have 137 come-from-behind wins in the Lopez era (1995-2001).

Keith Brice (1-0) picked up his first win since May 1, 1999 (at Vanderbilt, 17-6 win) after missing the 2000 season after Tommy John Surgery. Brice pitched three innings while striking out 3 and not allowing any runs. Keith Ramsey pitched the final 2 innings to pick up his third save on the season.

Florida was led by Ryan Shealy who went 2-4 with a two run home run, two RBI and two runs. Pat Osborn also went 2-4 with two RBI.

Jacksonville took the early lead scoring four runs in their half of the second inning. The Dolphins used three singles and two doubles in the second to score their runs. They added one more run in the 3rd and two in the 4th.

Florida started their comeback in the bottom of the 4th. A Kevin Estrada single knocked Matt Goss in from second base to get the Gators on the board. In the 5th Florida scored three runs keyed by Shealy’s homer. It was Shealy’s fourth home run of the season and first in nine games, 36 at bats and 43 plate appearances.

Florida took the lead in the 6th when Estrada led off the inning with a bunt single and Aaron Davidson, Matt Siegel, and Pat Osborn all followed with consecutive singles to key the inning. All three Gators later scored.

Florida returns to action this weekend with a three game series against Central Michigan. Game times are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. All games can be listened to on the Gator Radio Network.

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