Tuesday March 27, 2001Baseball Defeats Bethune-Cookman 9-3
Florida reliever Jay Belflower held Bethune Cookman to one run and Jason Dill returned to the lineup going 2-2 as the Gators defeated the Wildcats 9-3 Tuesday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improves to 17-13 overall (3-6 SEC), while Bethune-Cookman drops to 15-21 (7-0 MEAC).
Dill, seeing action for the first time since March 4 against Central Michigan, returned in style going 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Dill doubled to left center and down the right field line. Dill, who did not start, entered into the game in leftfield in the seventh inning.
Florida took the first lead in the game in the bottom of the second when Ben Harrison reached on a fielder’s choice and went all the way to third on a throwing error by the shortstop. Pat Osborn then knocked Harrison in with a single to left.
Florida starter Scot Drucker pitched 4.2 innings and allowed two runs. Drucker retired the first six batters he faced and a minimum of nine batters through three innings.
Bethune Cookman went ahead in the fifth taking a 2-1 lead. The Wildcats had three doubles in the inning to score their two runs.
Florida went up for good with three runs in the sixth as Florida used three walks and a two RBI single from Kevin Estrada to score its runs. Estrada finished 2-5 with three RBI.
Florida put the game out of reach with two straight three run innings (sixth and seventh). Mark Kiger extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single to lead off the Gator’s first.
Bethune Cookman starter Travis Johnson took the loss falling to 2-3. Johnson went five innings giving up four runs, two earned and walked six.
Florida hosts Florida Atlantic Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Gators resume SEC play this weekend against Vanderbilt in Nashville. Game times are: Friday at 8 p.m. EST, Saturday at 3 p.m. EST and Sunday at 2 p.m. EST.