Saturday March 31, 2001Pitching Leads Baseball to 1-0 Vanderbilt Victory
Jimmy Ramshaw struck out a career-high nine batters and Florida rallied for a run in the top of the ninth to defeat Vanderbilt 1-0 Saturday at Charles Hawkins Field. The victory improves Florida to 20-13 overall and 5-6 in the SEC while Vanderbilt drops to 16-13 overall and 4-7 in the SEC.
Florida grabbed its 1-0 lead when Brian Rose drew a leadoff walk and stole second to start the top of the ninth. Rose scored from second when Aaron Davidson drilled a 1-0 pitch into leftfield for a double.
Ramshaw (3-2) was splendid in the victory. He struck out a career-high nine batters and pitched a career-high 8.0 innings while allowing six hits and one walk. Ramshaw has surpassed career-highs in innings pitched in each of his last three outings. He retired nine straight batters from the second through the fourth innings. His statistics over his last three outings: 2-1 record, 3.17 ERA in 22 2/3 innings pitched with 19 strikeouts.
Ramshaw walked only one batter- Sean Luellwitz- in the top of the ninth and was replaced by Keith Ramsey. Ramsey retired the final three batters for his fourth save of the season.
The win was Florida’s first 1-0 victory since May 7, 1988 when it defeated Vanderbilt. The Gators have now registered two shutouts for the week. The last time that happened was in 1995 when the Gators defeated both St. Bonaventure and Duquesne.
Neither team could register a run over the first seven innings. Vanderbilt threatened in the bottom of the fifth when Ashley Freeman and Adam Blue reached on consecutive singles. But Gator pitcher Jimmy Ramshaw got out of the inning with a groundout, strikeout and threw Worth Scott out at first after a pop fly dropped behind the pitching mound.
Vanderbilt starter Jeff Little (3-3) took the loss after allowing two hits, one run and one walk in 8.1 innings. He struck out four batters.
Florida managed only two hits on the day- Aaron Davidson’s double and Ryan Shealy’s second inning single.
Game three of the three-game series is tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live by Sunshine Network with Mick Hubert and Nick Belmonte making the call. All Florida baseball games are broadcast live on the Gator Radio Network.