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Wednesday April 4, 2001Baseball Wins 11th Straight, Defeats FAMU 14-9

Gainesville, FL

Aaron Sobierajís bases clearing double in the seventh inning gave Florida a 10-9 lead as the Gators went on to win a 14-9 victory against Florida A&M Wednesday at McKethan Stadium. Florida has now won 11 straight games and improves to 22-13 overall while Florida A&M drops to 10-18 on the season.

The 11-game winning streak ties the longest winning streak of the Andy Lopez Era (1995-current). Under Lopez, the Gators also won 11 straight during the 1998 season (3/10-3/27). Florida now needs three more victories to break the school recordís for consecutive victories (13 set from 4/19-5/17, 1968).

Down 9-5, Florida scored five runs in the seventh to take a 10-9 lead. Sobieraj hit a double that cleared the bases to give Florida the one run lead. Sobieraj finished 1-4 with four RBI. The Gators are now 4-5 with three doubles and 11 RBI in their last five at bats with the bases loaded.

Florida A&M took the first lead of the game and eventually went up 5-0 before the Gators scored. Leadoff hitter Dwaine Bacon started the game with a single and later scored on the Rattlers second single of the inning.

Florida reliever Jay Belflower (3-3) earned the win in 2.1 innings of work. Belflower struck out three. Keith Ramsey picked up his fifth save of the season pitching the final 1.1 innings. FAMU reliever Joaquin Castillo (2-1) took the loss after giving up five runs in only 0.2 innings of work.

Chris Branning put FAMU up 4-0 with a homerun to leftfield in the third inning. Branning finished 1-3 with three runs and two RBI.

Florida battled back from a 5-0 deficit scoring four runs in the third. The Gators used homeruns by Aaron Davidson and Peter Nystrom in the inning. Davidson finished 2-5 with four RBI and three runs scored. The four RBI tied a career-high for Davidson. Nystrom continued his hot hitting with a 3-4 day with two RBI and two runs scored.

The win is Floridaís 11th come-from-behind win of the season. The five run deficit ties for the fifth biggest come-from-behind win during the Andy Lopez era.

Florida resumes SEC action this weekend hosting Kentucky. Game times are: Friday 7 p.m. ET, Saturday 3 p.m. ET, and Sunday 1:30 p.m. ET. All games can be listened to on the Gator Radio Network.


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