Sunday March 4, 2001Gator Baseball Wins Fourth Straight Game, 11-2
Florida took advantage three consecutive three-run innings and a 5 2/3 inning pitching performance from starter Jimmy Ramshaw to defeat Central Michigan 11-2 Sunday at McKethan Stadium. The win marks Florida’s fourth straight and completes a three-game weekend sweep against the Chippewas. It also improves Florida to 9-7 on the season while Central Michigan drops to 1-5 overall.
Florida starter Jimmy Ramshaw (1-0) earned his first win of the season, pitching a career-long 5 2/3 innings. He struck out a career-high tying five batters while giving up only two runs and five hits. Jay Belflower and Keith Brice held the Chippewas scoreless over the final 3.1 innings.
The Gators went up 3-0 with three runs in the second inning on Matt Goss’ RBI double and consecutive RBI singles by Brian Rose and Mark Kiger. The Gators took a 6-0 lead in the third with three more runs when Ben Harrison launched a three-run home run to leftfield. It was his second home run in as many days and third of the season.
Harrison led the Gators with a 1-3, three RBI performance. Mark Kiger hit his first home run of the season and went 2-5 with two RBI and Brian Rose added a 2-3, RBI day.
Central Michigan starter Jeff Opalewski (0-1) took the loss. He gave up seven earned runs in four innings of work. Brad Reid led the Chippewas with two hits.
Florida returns to action next weekend, opening its SEC schedule against Tennessee from March 9-11. Game times are: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. All games can be listened to the Gator Radio Network.