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Saturday April 28, 2001Home Run Gives Gators 4-2 Baseball Win Against MSU

Gainesville, FL

Matt Goss saved the game defensively in the top of the10th inning and then won the game in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homerun to lead Florida to a 4-2 win over Mississippi State Saturday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improves to 28-20 (12-11 SEC) while MSU drops to 28-17 (14-9 SEC).

Goss made an over the shoulder diving catch on a Jon Knott drive then slammed into the wall in the 10th inning for the third out. With two outs and a runner at first, Goss hit a 1-2 pitch over the fence. Goss finished 1-5 with two RBI.

Keith Ramsey (4-2) earned the win pitching 2.2 innings of relief. The Gator closer allowed only one hit while shutting the Bulldogs down.

Florida starter Jimmy Ramshaw went 7.1 innings, allowing two runs. Mississippi State starter Tanner Brock went 6.2 innings allowing two runs (none earned). MSU reliever Brandon Medders (5-2) took the loss going three innings.

Florida got on the board first scoring one run in the bottom of the first. Aaron Davidson reached on a walk and advanced to second on a past ball. Davidson scored on a double by Mark Kiger down the right field line.

MSU tied the game at one with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Jason Burkley led off the inning with a walk and later scored on a Jon Knott double. The RBI double was Knott’s 200th double of his career passing Will Clark on the MSU career list.

Mississippi State went up 2-1 in the sixth inning. Enrico Jones led off the inning with a single between the shortstop and third baseman. Jones later scored on a wild pitch. Florida tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom half of the inning. Mark Kiger led off with a walk and later scored on an error by the second baseman.

Ramshaw pitched 7.1 innings with six strikeouts. Ramsey relieved Ramshaw with a runner at first with one out in the eighth. Ramsey then got a line out to center and pop out to right to end the inning.

Mississippi State outhit Florida 7-3.

Florida and Mississippi State return to action Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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