Friday April 27, 2001Baseball Wins 11-4 Decision Against No. 18 MSU
Florida belted out 12 hits, took advantage of a season-high 7.1 inning performance from Keith Brice and used a six run fifth inning to defeat No. 18 Mississippi State 11-4 Friday night before 1,669 fans at McKethan Stadium. Florida improves to 27-20 and 11-11 in the SEC while MSU drops to 28-16 overall and 14-8 in the SEC.
Brice (2-3) pitched a season long 7.1 innings and gave up four runs and five hits. He threw 125 pitches and struck out two of his 31 batters faced. Matt Bomeisl pitched the final 1.2 innings and preserved the lead.
Florida put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-1 lead. Florida chased Bulldog starter Paul Maholm (5-3) out of the game after going 4.1 innings. Maholm loaded the bases on a walk and two hit by pitches. Florida then hit three straight singles from Aaron Davidson, Mark Kiger and Jason Dill to take the lead.
The Gators scored runs in five of the eight innings they batted. Aaron Davidson led the Gators offensively with a 3-5 performance with three RBI, a home run, double and three runs scored.
MSU got on the board first taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Jon Knott led off the inning with a triple and later scored on an infield groundout. Florida tied the game up 1-1 on a Peter Nystrom solo homerun to right centerfield. The homer was Nystrom’s fifth of the season. Nystrom finished 2-5 with one RBI and one run.
Florida took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Davidson hit a solo homer to right centerfield to give the Gators a 2-1 lead. The homer was Davidson’s sixth on the year.
MSU leadoff hitter Michael Brown reached base and advanced to second on a Gator throwing error in the fifth inning. The next batter then popped out to Gator second baseman Mark Kiger. Kiger made a diving catch over his shoulder going out towards right field to save a run and end the inning. Offensively Kiger went 1-3 with three RBI.
Florida continues its three-game SEC series against Mississippi State with games Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 p.m.) Tomorrow’s game can be viewed live on Sunshine Network. The game will also be replayed at 11 p.m. Saturday and after Breakfast With the Gators on Sunday morning. All games can be listened to on the Gator Radio Network.