Tuesday March 20, 2001Gator Baseball Defeats Maine 8-7
Florida took advantage of five errors and a career-high five RBI performance from Brian Rose to defeat Maine 8-7 Tuesday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improves to 12-13 overall while Maine drops to 8-1.
Aaron Sobieraj led off the bottom of the ninth reaching on a Maine error. Matt Goss then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to third base. Sobieraj advanced to third on a smart base running move when third base was left uncovered. Three batters later Kevin Estrada hit a pop fly to center that looked like the third out of the inning. Maine centerfielder Mike Livulpi over ran the ball committing the fifth error in the game scoring Sobieraj for the game winner.
Gator catcher Brian Rose led Florida’s offensive attack, going 3 for 3 with a career high five RBI. Also leading the offensive attack for Florida were Estrada, who went 2 for 5 with three runs, and Pat Osborn who was 3 for 4 with three runs. Osborn’s three hits tied a game career high. Mark Kiger extended his hitting streak to 14 games going 2 for 5 with a run scored.
Florida closer Keith Ramsey (2-2) picked up the win pitching the final inning and striking out two. Florida starter Joey Simon had a solid start going seven innings allowing five runs. Matt Truman (0-1) took the loss giving up three runs, one earned in 2.2 innings of work.
Florida recorded its seventh straight non-conference victory and fourth come from behind victory of the season. The game featured five lead changes and four ties.
Florida returns to action Wednesday to finish the two-game series with Maine. Game time is 7:00 p.m. All games can be heard on the Gator Radio Network.