Sunday April 8, 2001Baseball Sets School Record With 14th Straight Win
Peter Nystromís bases clearing double gave Florida a 9-5 sixth inning lead as the Gators went on to win a 9-8 decision against Kentucky Sunday at McKethan Stadium. With the victory, Florida set a new school record with its 14th consecutive victory and completed its third straight SEC sweep of the season.
With the win and sweep, Florida extends its SEC winning streak to nine games. The Gators have also won 13 straight home games as Florida improves to 25-13 (9-6 SEC) while Kentucky drops to 14-20 (3-12 SEC). In winning its 14th straight game, Florida broke the former school record of 13 consecutive wins set from April 19-May 17, 1968.
Florida had nine hits in the game, five of which were solo homeruns. Aaron Davidson homered a career-high two times while Aaron Sobieraj, Kevin Estrada and Brian Rose each went deep. Roseís shot to leftfield was his first in 45 games, 133 at bats and 159 plate appearances.
Florida reliever Joey Simon (5-3) earned the win, pitching 2 2/3 innings giving up three runs. Florida starter Alex Hart pitched four innings striking out three and giving up four runs. Kenny Birch relieved Hart in the fifth inning. The second batter Birch faced, Vince Harrison, lined a pitch up the middle which hit Birch in the face. Birch left the game under his own power and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Gator reliever Keith Ramsey earned his sixth save of the season.
Kentucky got on the board first scoring two runs in the top of the second. The Wildcats got two runners on base with a walk to Spencer Preston and Steth Morris double and moved over on a wild pitches. The Gators tied the game at two in the bottom of the inning with solo home runs from Aaron Sobieraj and Brian Rose.
Florida took its first lead with its third solo homer of the game. Davidson went deep for the fourth time this season. Davidson finished the game 3 for 4 with three runs, two home runs and two RBI.
Kentucky scored two in the top of fourth to take the lead back. Brad Pickrell hit his first career home run to give Kentucky a short live lead. Florida tied the game back up at four with the fourth solo homer of the day, this time by Estrada.
Kentucky again took a lead in the top of the fifth when third baseman Spencer Graeter led off the inning with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly. Florida tied the game back up 5-5 on Davidsonís second home run.
Florida took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth with a bases loaded walk and a bases loaded double. Jason Dill drove in a run on the fourth walk of the inning. Nystrom followed with a bases loaded double to leftfield to give the Gators a 9-5 lead.
Kentucky battled back to within one run at 9-8 with three runs in the seventh. Kentucky led off the inning with three straight singles and each batter scored.
Kentucky reliever Rob Corrado (5-4) took the loss pitching only two-thirds of an inning. Corrado gave up four runs on only one hit.
Florida returns to action against No. 7 Stetson Wednesday at 7 p.m. All games can be listened to on the Gator Radio Network.