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Saturday March 3, 2001Baseball Defeats Central Michigan 14-3

Gainesville, FL

Florida capitalized on a five run second inning and eight Central Michigan errors to defeat the Chippewas 14-3 Saturday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improves to 8-7 while Central Michigan falls to 1-4.

Florida had 14 hits in the game and scored in 5 of the eight innings they batted. Florida starters Mark Kiger and Ben Harrison each had three hits to lead the offensive attack. Harrison finished with three RBI and two runs scored including a three-run homer in the fourth. Harrison’s second home run of the season cleared the left field bleachers.

Florida second baseman Mark Kiger returned to the Florida lineup after missing the Gators’ first 14 games. Kiger, who started all 67 games last season, went 3 for 4 with two RBI and one run scored. Kiger sparked the Gators as he led off the first inning with a single and later scored to put the Gators up 1-0.

Florida starter Robbie Wells got the win, going four innings, on a pitch count. Wells moves to 1-0 with his first collegiate victory. Central Michigan starter Dan Horvath took the loss falling to 0-1.

Florida extended their lead to 6-0 after scoring five runs in the second inning. The bottom four batters for Florida each reached base and later scored. In the fourth inning the Gators scored four runs on only one hit with three Chippewa errors.

Jason Dill also returned for the Gators after missing seven games with a fractured bone in his right hand. Dill came in to play left field and did not make an appearance at the plate.

Kevin Estrada finished the game 2-5 with two runs scored an an RBI. He extended his hit streak to 10 games and now has registered multi-hit games in 11 of the Gators’ 15 games this season. Ryan Shealy extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Pitcher Kevin Coleman saw his first pitching action in 58 consecutive games. Coleman was one of five Gators who underwent Tommy John surgery last year.

Florida returns to action against Central Michigan Sunday at 3:00 p.m. All games can be listened to on the Gator Radio Network.

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