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Wednesday March 28, 2001Baseball Shuts Out Florida Atlantic 10-0

Gainesville, FL

Three Florida pitchers combined for a shutout and Florida hit four home runs en route to a 10-0 victory against Florida Atlantic Wednesday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improves to 18-13 (3-6 SEC) while FAU drops to 22-13 (2-4 TAAC).

Florida is now on a seven-game win streak and nine-game win streak at McKethan Stadium.

Florida starter Eddie Rojas pitched five shutout innings allowing three hits while striking out three. Rojas made his seventh career start and first appearance since March 10 against Tennessee. He earned the win in his first decision of the season. Kenny Birch pitched three innings of relief allowing only one hit. Keith Ramsey threw the final inning to maintain the shutout.

Florida exploded offensively scoring six runs in the middle three innings and four runs in the eighth. The Gators had home runs from Matt Goss, Pat Osborn and Aaron Davidson in the fifth and sixth innings. Peter Nystrom added a three-run homer in the eighth.

Nystrom led Florida with a 3-5 performance with three RBI and two runs. Goss finished 3-5 with two RBI and two runs. Mark Kiger went 1-5 and moved his hitting streak to 20 games.

Florida Atlantic starter Danny Core took the loss falling to 4-5. Core gave up 10 hits and five runs in 5.0 innings.

Florida got on the board first scoring two in the bottom of the fourth. The Gator’s 7-8-9 hitters continued their hot hitting as Pat Osborn, Kevin Estrada and Brian Rose each had base hits to lead the inning. The threesome finished 4-13 with three runs and three RBI on the evening.

Florida resumes SEC play this weekend against Vanderbilt in Nashville. Game times are 8 p.m. ET on Friday, 3 p.m. ET on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday’s game will be televised live on Sunshine Network while Friday’s game will be televised live on College Sports Southeast but will not be available locally in Gainesville. All games can be accessed on the Gator Radio Network.

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