Sunday April 29, 2001Baseball Sweeps MSU With 6-5, 14-Inning Win
For the second consecutive day Florida took advantage of an extra inning last at-bat hit to defeat Mississippi State. Sunday it was Matt Siegelís turn, as he laced a bases loaded single into rightfield to lead the Gators to a 6-5 decision against Mississippi State in the bottom of the 14th inning. The win improves Florida to 29-20 (13-11 SEC) while MSU drops to 28-18 (14-10 SEC).
Florida completed its fifth three-game sweep of the season and fourth SEC sweep of the season. The Gators have now registered three straight home SEC sweeps in a row and have won nine straight SEC games at McKethan Stadium.
In the bottom of the 14th inning Aaron Davidson reached first on a hit by pitch. Mark Kiger followed with a single to leftfield and Jason Dill was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out. That set the stage for Siegelís game winning single.
Florida reliever Joey Simon (6-5) earned the victory after pitching the final 9.0 innings of relief. He allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out three batters. Simon entered the game in the sixth inning with a man on first and recorded three straight outs to end the inning. Simonís nine innings of relief is the second longest relief appearance in Florida history.
The 14-inning marathon game lasted four hours and 22 minutes. For the second consecutive game the Florida defense did not commit an error and has now gone 27 consecutive errorless innings.
MSU got on the board first scoring one run in the top of the first inning. Michael Brown led off the game with a double to right center field and later scored on a Jason Burkley sacrifice fly to right field.
Florida tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Kevin Estrada led off the inning with a single up the middle. Estrada then stole second and third bases before Jason Dill hit a line drive over the second baseman to plate Estrada. Dill finished 4 for 6 with two RBI.
MSU took a two-run led in the top of the fourth inning. Josh West led off the inning with a single to center field. Two batters later Matthew Brinson drilled an Alex Hart pitch deep down the right field line for a two-run home run and 3-2 lead.
But Florida took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth inning with four runs, using four singles, a walk and a sacrifice bunt to score their four runs. Kevin Estrada hit his second single of the game and scored his second run of the game in the inning. Estrada finished 2 for 6 with two runs and a career-high three stolen bases.
MSU battled back to tie the game at 5-5 with a two-out two-run homerun in the top of the seventh. Brent Lewis hit a ball to right center that sliced through a stiff wind to leave the park.
MSU reliever Josh Wooten (3-4) took the loss in 5.1 innings of relief, a career high.
Florida starter Alex Hart went five-plus innings and struck out 5 MSU batters while allowing three runs. MSU starter Joey Collums pitched 4.1 innings giving up four runs.
Florida resumes SEC action next weekend at Auburn. Game times are Friday at 7:30 p.m. (Sunshine), Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on Sunshine.