Saturday March 31, 2001Double in 10th Gives Baseball 9-6 Vanderbilt Win
Peter Nystrom’s two-RBI double in the top of the 10th inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Florida a 9-6 victory against Vanderbilt Friday at Charles Hawkins Field. With the victory, Florida improves to 19-13 overall and 4-6 in the SEC while Vanderbilt drops to 16-12 overall and 4-6 in the SEC
With Aaron Sobieraj on third and Matt Goss on first, Nystrom broke the game open in the top of the 10th with a double over the leftfielder’s head that rolled to the wall. Sobieraj led off the 10th with a triple to rightfield followed by an intentional walk to Matt Goss. Nystrom finished with a career-high four hits and went 4-5 with four RBI, three runs scored, two doubles and a home run. He hit a two run home run in the third.
Gator reliever Joey Simon (4-3) pitched 5.0 innings of scoreless baseball for the victory. Simon allowed only three hits and struck out six of his 18 batters faced.
Vanderbilt reliever Robert Ransom (4-2) took the loss after throwing 0.2 innings and allowing four hits and three runs. Commodore starter Steven Faulkner went the full nine innings and allowed eight hits, six runs. He struck out nine batters.
Florida is now on an eight-game win streak and four-game SEC win streak. It was Florida’s third last at bat win of the season.
The game saw Florida pull ahead three times only to have the Commodores battle back to tie.
The Gators went up 6-5 in the sixth inning when Peter Nystrom led off with a double to rightfield, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Kevin Estrada’s sacrifice fly to rightfield. Vanderbilt came back to tie it at 6-6 when in loaded the bases on two walks and an error and Kyle Flubacker scored on Chris Broadus’ RBI groundout.
Vanderbilt tied the game at 6-6 on a Chris Broadus RBI fielder’s choice. Neither team scored in the seventh, eighth or ninth innings.
Florida took a 5-2 lead in the fifth when it loaded the bases with three consecutive singles from Brian Rose, Mark Kiger and Aaron Davidson. Jason Dill drove all three runners in on a double to the right centerfield gap. The Commodores battled back for the second time to tie it at 5-5 on a Worth Scott double, Kevin Geshke single and Chris Broadus two-RBI triple to right field. The Commodores scored its third run when Broadus scored on John Kaye’s RBI groundout.
Florida grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Matt Goss singled, advanced to second on an error and scored on Peter Nystrom’s third home run of the season. The Gators scored both runs with two outs. But Vanderbilt tied it 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth with two runs on a John Kaye double followed by a walk and two-RBI double from Ashley Freeman.
Combining Wednesday’s last three at bats, Peter Nystrom was 6-6 in his last six at bats. He is now 7-8 in his last eight at bats. Mark Kiger extended his hit streak to 21 games with a fifth inning single.
Florida and Vanderbilt resume their series tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET. The two teams meet for game three Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Sunday’s game will be televised live by Sunshine Network. All Florida baseball games are broadcast by the Gator Radio Network.