Sunday April 22, 2001No. 15 Ole Miss Shuts Out Gator Baseball 4-0
No. 15 Ole Miss shutout Florida for the first time in 119 consecutive games as it registered a 4-0 victory Sunday before 2,911 fans at Swayze Field. The loss drops the Gators to 26-20 overall and 10-11 in the SEC while Ole Miss improves to 30-13-1 overall and 14-7 in the SEC.
The last time Florida was shutout was on May 7, 1999 at Mississippi State (9-0). Ole Miss has now defeated Florida in nine of the two school’s last 10 meetings. Florida was last swept in Oxford in 1999.
Ole Miss took a 3-0 lead in the fourth when Banks Robinson led off with a single, advanced to second on an error on Josh Christian’s fielders’ choice and error and scored on Matt Tolbert’s RBI bloop single to centerfield. Kris Cox loaded the bases with a bunt single and Clint Farrar drove in Christian on a bases loaded walk. Following an flyout, the Rebels scored their final run when Burney Hutchinson was hit by pitch with the bases loaded. Florida got out of the inning on two straight ground balls as Ole Miss stranded three runners.
Ole Miss scored its final run in the eighth on Carl Lafferty’s solo home run to leftfield.
Ole Miss starter Mike Gray (3-1) earned the victory after scattering six hits and three walks over 6.0 innings of scoreless baseball. Nick Bradshaw pitched the final three innings for his first save of the season.
The two teams combined to strand 24 runners while UF left 10 on base.
Florida starter Alex Hart (2-2) took the loss after pitching 4.1 innings. He pitched three straight scoreless innings but allowed three runs (two earned), seven hits and walked four batters. Matt Bomeisl and Keith Ramsey combined to pitch the final 3.2 innings for Florida.
Florida was held to seven hits. Matt Goss led the Gators with a 3-4 day. Matt Tolbert led Ole Miss with a 3-3, RBI day. He finished with the game winning RBI on his single in the fourth inning.
Florida is back in action on Tuesday. The Gators host the Canadian National Team for an exhibition game at 7 p.m. at McKethan Stadium. UF will host Mississippi State next weekend for a three-game weekend series.