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Saturday April 7, 2001Baseball Defeats Kentucky 10-9, Wins 13th Straight

Gainesville, FL

Florida extended its winning streak to 13 games as it held off a late comeback attempt from Kentucky defeating the Wildcats 10-9 Saturday before 2,738 fans at McKethan Stadium.

In addition to the 13-game win streak, the Gators have also won 12 straight home games and eight consecutive SEC contests.

With the win, Florida improves to 24-13 overall and 8-6 in the SEC. Kentucky drops to 14-19 overall and 3-11 in the SEC.

Florida used a balanced offensive attack on the day. Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit and scored once. All nine Gator batters reached base at least once. The offensive attack was led by Mark Kiger who went 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Kentucky scored five runs in their last two at bats to close to a one-run margin. The Wildcats hit three homeruns in the eighth and ninth innings and were led by Gordon Tyler who went 3 for 5 with two runs and one RBI.

Florida reliever Eddie Rojas (3-0) got the win pitching three innings in relief. Rojas struck out two and did not walk any Wildcat batters. Gator starter Jimmy Ramshaw went 4 2/3 innings allowing three runs. Kentucky starter Scott Wade (2-6) took the loss after pitching 4 2/3 innings.

Florida scored first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff batter Mark Kiger started the game with a walk. Kiger later scored from second on an infield single by Jason Dill. Dill also scored in the inning on a single to centerfield by Peter Nystrom.

In the top of the second Kentucky loaded the bases with two outs on two singles and a walk. Leadoff hitter Spencer Graeter then lined a Ramshaw pitch to center. Florida’s Matt Goss made a diving catch to end the threat and keep the Wildcats off the board.

Kentucky scored one run in the top of the third inning. Vince Harrison led off the inning with a walk. Harrison advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a groundout to first and scored on another wild pitch.

Kentucky battled back to within 5-3 with two runs in the top of the fifth. Harrison scored his second run in the game after leading off another inning with a walk. Gordon Tyler also scored in the inning after getting on with a double down the left field line.

Florida extended the lead to 7-3 after scoring two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Defensive mistakes hurt the Wildcats as Florida scored two unearned runs in the inning forcing Wildcat starter Scott Wade out of the game in his shortest outing of the season, 4 2/3 innings.

Florida and Kentucky will finish conclude the three game series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. All games can be heard on the Gator Radio Network.

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