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Saturday March 17, 2001No. 8 LSU Slips Past Florida Baseball 4-3

Baton Rouge, La.

No. 8 LSU scored four runs over the first three innings and held off several Florida comeback attempts in defeating the Gators 4-3 before 7887 fans at Alex Box Stadium. The loss improves LSU to 16-6-1 overall and 3-2 in the SEC while Florida drops to 11-12 overall and 0-5 in the SEC.

LSU starter Lane Mestapey (3-0) earned the win after pitching 7.1 innings and allowing 10 hits and three runs. He struck out three batters. Weylin Guidry pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn his second save of the year.

Florida starter Jimmy Ramshaw (1-2) took the loss after throwing a career-high seven innings despite walking eight batters and giving up nine hits. After fended off several potential big LSU innings to Keith Ramsey went the final inning.

The Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Bryan Moore’s doubleplay groundout. Florida went up 2-1 with two runs the second taking advantage of Ben Harrison’s single, Peter Nystrom’s RBI double and Brian Rose’s RBI double to rightfield.

LSU then went ahead 4-2 with two runs in the second and a run in the third. With the bases loaded Ray Wright was hit by pitch and Matt Heath drove in a run with a bases loaded walk in the second and another bases loaded walk to Ryan Theriot drove home the run in the third.

Florida closed the gap at 4-3 as it scored a run in the fourth when Kevin Estrada singled, stole second and scored on Brian Rose’s RBI single.

That was as close as the Gators came as Florida stranded two runners apiece in four of the last five innings. The Gators threatened to score in the top of the ninth when Mark Kiger walked, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Matt Goss followed with a two-out walk and stole second. LSU pitcher Weylin Guidry ended the game by striking out Peter Nystrom.

LSU also had chances to score more runs. The Tigers stranded three runners in two innings and loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning but Ramshaw got out of the jam with a 123 double play.

Ben Harrison, Peter Nystrom, Brian Rose and Kevin Estrada each collected two hits apiece for the Gators. Ryan Shealy went 0-3 concluded his SEC leading 19-game hit streak. LSU was led by Matt Heath, Wally Pontiff and Bryan Moore who each finished with two hits apiece.

Florida outhit LSU 10-9. Both teams stranded 12 baserunners apiece.

Game three of the three game series begins tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT.

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