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Sunday April 1, 2001Baseball Sweeps Vanderbilt, On 10-Game Win Streak

Nashville, Tenn.

Eddie Rojas pitched a career-high 7.0 innings as Florida extended its win streak to 10 games with a 9-5 victory against Vanderbilt at Charles Hawkins Stadium Sunday. The victory improves Florida to 21-13 overall and 6-6 in the SEC while Vanderbilt drops to 16-14 overall and 4-8 in the SEC.

The victory completes a three-game weekend sweep of Vanderbilt, Florida’s third sweep of the season and second straight SEC sweep. Florida is now on a 10-game winning streak and has won 11 of its last 12 meetings against Vanderbilt. The 10-game win streak ties for the second-longest win streak for the Gators since 1995.

Reliever Eddie Rojas (2-0) earned the win after throwing a career-high 7.0 innings pitched. He struck out four batters, walked two batters and allowed six hits. Jay Belflower pitched the final 2.0 innings.

Vanderbilt starter Chris Maultsby (4-4) took the loss after giving up six runs on eight hits.

Florida battled back from a 4-2 deficit with a run in the third and three runs in the third to go up 6-4. Ryan Shealy scored on Brian Rose’s RBI groundout in the second and Shealy drove in three runs on a double down the leftfield line in the third inning.

The Gators extended the lead to 9-5 with three more runs in the fourth on Matt Goss’ two-RBI home run and Peter Nystrom’s RBI single. It was Goss’ fifth home run of the season.

Vanderbilt grabbed an early 4-2 lead in the second inning on a Kevin Geshke single, Chris Broadus double, Ashley Freeman’s two-RBI double and John Prothro’s two-RBI single.

Florida is back in action Wednesday at home against Florida A&M. The Gators host Kentucky this weekend.

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