Friday April 6, 200110th Inning Single Lifts Baseball to 7-6 Win
Kevin Estrada’s 10th inning RBI single lifted Florida to a 7-6 victory against Kentucky Friday before 2,012 fans at McKethan Stadium. The victory gives Florida its 12th consecutive win, one short of tying school record of 13 set in 1968. Florida improves to 7-6 in the SEC and 23-13 overall while Kentucky drops to 3-10 in the SEC and 14-18 overall.
The victory was Florida’s seventh straight SEC win and 11th consecutive home win. It also set the new Andy Lopez era consecutive win streak (the former record was 11 straight in 1998). Florida is now 3-0 in extra inning games while Kentucky falls to 0-2.
Florida’s Matt Siegel led off the 10th inning with a double to leftfield. Aaron Sobieraj was intentionally walked. Kevin Estrada followed with the game winning hit past the first baseman into rightfield. Siegel scored the winning run on the hit when the throw was up the third base line. The win improved the Gators record to 3-0 in extra innings.
Florida got on the board first, scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Jason Dill led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Florida followed with three more hits in the inning to take a 4-0 led.
Florida held a 6-0 lead when Kentucky scored a run in the fifth and five runs in the sixth to tie the game at 6-6 after six innings. Wildcat catcher Caleb Brock hit a grandslam into the left field bleachers to tie the game at six.
With the game still tied at six, Kentucky loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning with no outs. Kentucky sent all three runners on an attempted suicide squeeze. The batter missed the ball and the catcher ran down the runner at third, then threw to second to double-up the Wildcats and end the threat.
Florida reliever Keith Ramsey (2-0) picked up the win pitching two innings of scoreless baseball. Dill led the Gator hitting attack by going 3-5 with one RBI. Ryan Shealy and Brian Rose each collected two hits apiece.
Florida returns to action against Kentucky Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. All games can be heard on the Gator Radio Network.