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Sunday April 15, 2001Baseball Defeats Georgia 7-6

Athens, Ga.

Keith Ramsey pitched out of a bases loaded jam with a double play as Florida won a 7-6 decision against Georgia Sunday at Foley Field. The victory improves Florida to 26-16 overall and 10-8 in the SEC while Georgia drops to 24-13 overall and 10-8 in the SEC.

Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth, Georgia’s Doc Brooks led off with a double and advanced to third after sliding under a tag on David Coffey’s sacrifice bunt/fielders’ choice. On the next play, Brooks was tagged out between first and home Mark Thornhill’s grounder hit at Ramsey on the mound. Coffey and Thornhill both advanced to second and third on the play. The Gators intentionally walked Matt Cavender to load the bases and Ramsey got Adam Swann to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

Florida starter Eddie Rojas (4-0) earned the victory after relieving starter Alex Hart and throwing 2.2 innings and allowing three hits and one run. Rojas is now 10-0 in his career at Florida. Reliever Keith Ramsey picked up his seventh save of the season after pitching the final 2.1 innings.

Florida took a 7-5 lead in the seventh when Kevin Estrada walked walk, stole second and scored on Aaron Davidson’s single to shallow leftfield. Davidson advanced to third on a throwing error then scored on Matt Goss’ sacrifice fly to right field.

Georgia came back with a run in the bottom of the seventh on a Matt Cavender RBI double. But Florida closer Keith Ramsey registered the final seven outs for the win.

Georgia went up 5-3 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on Jeff Keppinger’s solo home run to leftfield and Mark Thornhill’s RBI single.

But Florida battled back to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning. With Matt Goss at first base, Pat Osborn launched a 1-0 pitch deep over the left centerfield fence for his fifth home run of the season. It was Osborn’s second homer in as many days.

Georgia battled back two times from deficits. The Bulldogs tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom half of the third when Kris Edge doubled and scored on Andy Neufeld’s RBI single and came tied the game at 2-2 on David Coffey’s RBI single and error.

Florida scored two runs in the first on Aaron Davidson’s two-RBI double after Mark Kiger and Kevin Estrada reached on consecutive singles. Florida took a 3-2 lead in the third inning when Peter Nystrom reached base on a two-base error, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on David Klebonis’ RBI groundout.

Davidson extended his hit streak to 12 games.

Florida is next in action at Stetson on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m. in Deland.

 

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