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Saturday March 17, 2001No. 8 LSU Hands Baseball 18-10 Loss

Baton Rouge, La.

In a game that saw three lead changes, No. 8 LSU outlasted Florida 18-10 in a slugfest Friday at Alex Box Stadium. The loss drops Florida to 11-11 overall and 0-4 in the SEC while LSU improves to 15-6-1 overall and 2-2 in the SEC.

Trailing 10-9, LSU scored nine runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put the game away. The Tigers scored five runs in the seventh using two walks, two errors, a Ryan Theriot sacrifice fly, Ray Wright RBI single and Wally Pontiff two-run home run. LSU went up 18-10 with four runs in the eighth.

The game saw three lead changes. Florida went up 10-8 with three runs in the sixth. Mark Kiger led off with a walk, walked, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored a passed ball. Ryan Shealy walked and scored on Peter Nystromís RBI groundout. Matt Goss reached on a walk and stole home for the third run.

LSU went ahead 7-5 in the third inning with five runs as it got a RBI triple from Wally Pontiff, a RBI single from Aaron Hill, a two-RBI double from Todd Linden and an RBI double from Matt Heath. But Florida battled back to tie the game at 7-7 with two runs in the fourth as it took advantage of an RBI hit by pitch (Pat Osborn) and RBI walk (Matt Goss) on bases loaded situations.

Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on three consecutive hits by Mark Kiger (single), Ryan Shealy (RBI double down leftfield line) and Peter Nystrom (RBI single). Florida went up 5-0 with three more runs in the second when Ben Harrison led off with a double followed by a Kevin Estrada sacrifice bunt. Brian Rose drove Harrison in with a RBI single, Aaron Davidson doubled and Mark Kiger drove both runners in on a single pas the second baseman for a 5-0 lead. LSU cut the margin to 5-2 with two runs in the second on two singles, Zeph Zinsmanís RBI single and David Raymerís sacrifice fly.

LSU pitchers struck out 11 Florida batters, the most strikeouts registered this year vs. the Gators. Florida walked 11 Tigers.

LSU reliever Brad David (2-1) threw the final 3.0 innings and earned the win while Florida reliever Keith Ramsey (1-2) took the loss.

Mark Kiger led the Gators with a 2-4, two RBI day. Aaron Davidson went 2-5 and scored two runs, Peter Nystrom drove in two RBI on a 1-3 day Ryan Shealy extended his hit streak to 19 games on his first inning RBI double and went 1-2 with three walks and three runs scored.

Game two is Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT at Alex Box Stadium. Junior LHP Jimmy Ramshaw will start for Florida while freshman LHP Lane Mestepey will pitch for LSU.

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