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Saturday April 21, 2001Ole Miss Rallies Twice to Defeat Baseball 12-9

Oxford, Miss.

Ole Miss rallied back from a 5-0 deficit and broke open a 8-8 seventh inning tie en route to a 12-9 victory against Florida Saturday at Swayze Field. The loss drops Florida to 26-19 overall and 10-10 in the SEC while Ole Miss improves to 29-13-1 overall and 13-7 in the SEC.

With the score tied at 8-8, Ole Miss went ahead with a run in the seventh on Charlie Waiteís RBI single. In the eighth inning, the Rebels extended the lead to 12-8 with three runs in the eighth using a Burney Hutchinson double, Josh Christianís two RBI single and Banks Robinsonís RBI single for the lead.

Florida loaded the bases in the top of the ninth but could only manage one run.

The Gators built a 5-0 lead over the first six innings. Brian Roseís solo home run to left in the sixth inning, the third of his career, gave UF a 5-0 lead. The Gators scored a run in the fifth on a Peter Nystrom RBI single. The Gators increased their lead to 3-0 with a run in the fourth when Matt Siegel was hit by pitch, Kevin Estrada singled, Brian Rose advanced both runners on a sacrifice bunt and Mark Kiger drove Siegel home on a sacrifice fly.

Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third as Mark Kiger led off with a walk followed by a Matt Goss single and Aaron Davidson RBI double down the leftfield line. Jason Dill drove home Goss from third on a RBI groundout to first base.

Trailing 5-0, Ole Miss rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth taking advantage of six hits and two Gator errors. Burney Hutchinson belted a two-RBI home run, Banks Robinson drove home a run on a pinch hit single, Chad Sterbens contributed a RBI single and Hutchinson drove in another run on a sacrifice fly. That put Ole Miss up 8-5.

But Florida battled back to the game at 8-8 in the seventh when Jason Dill led off with a double, a Peter Nystrom single, a Pat Osborn RBI single, Matt Siegelís sacrifice bunt and Brian Roseís two-RBI double down the leftfield line.

Ole Miss reliever Adam Yates (6-0) earned the victory after throwing the final 2.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run. He struck out five batters. Eddie Rojas (4-1) took the loss after pitching 1.2 innings in relief.

Florida starter Jimmy Ramshaw pitched the first 5.0 innings, scattering five hits and holding the Rebels scoreless before giving up Hutchinsonís sixth inning home run. He retired eight consecutive batters from the third through the sixth innings.

Game three of the three-game series is tomorrow. First pitch is 2 p.m. ET at Swayze Field.



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