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Wednesday April 18, 2001Stetson Holds Off Florida Comeback, Wins 9-8

Stetson, FL

Stetson held off a late Florida comeback as it registered a 9-8 victory Wednesday before a crowd of 2,762 at Menching Field. Stetson improved to 33-6 overall while Florida drops to 27-16 overall.

Florida battled back all the way back from a 9-3 deficit. The Gators made it 9-8 in the ninth when Kevin Estrada led off with a single, Aaron Davidson was hit by pitch and Matt Goss’ sacrifice bunt moved over both runners. Peter Nystrom’s groundout scored Estrada from third but Stetson reliever Andy Wilson registered the final out on a Pat Osborn lineout to third base.

Stetson starter Jack Collins (9-0) earned the victory after throwing 4.0 innings. He allowed six hits and three runs. Florida starter Joey Simon (5-5) took the loss after pitching 3.0 innings and allowing five hits and four runs.

Stetson built a 9-3 lead with four runs in the seventh. Frank Corr hit a two-run home run, Brian Snyder singled and scored on a balk and Andy Wilson scored on a Gator error.

Florida rallied for four runs in the eighth as Ben Harrison hit his first career grand slam and third of the season for UF. The towering shot over the left field wall cut the lead to 9-7. Harrison drove in Matt Goss (led off with a walk), Peter Nystrom (hit by pitch) and Pat Osborn (single).

Stetson went up 5-1 lead in the fourth on a walk to Brian Snyder, RBI doubles by Andy Wilson and Vinnie Rinaldi a RBI single from Jeff Christy and a Gator error.

Florida cut the lead to 5-3 with two runs in the fifth inning. Brian Rose led off with a double, Mark Kiger walked, Kevin Estrada drove Rose home on a single up the middle and Peter Nystrom drove Kiger home on a single to right field.

Florida grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Aaron Davidson singled, stole second and scored on Peter Nystrom’s RBI single. But Stetson matched the run in the bottom of the first on Lee Bagley’s RBI single.

Kevin Estrada led UF with three hits while Aaron Davidson, Peter Nystrom and Pat Osborn each contributed two hits apiece.

Florida gets back to SEC play this weekend against Ole Miss in Oxford. Game times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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