Wednesday May 9, 2001Baseball Defeats South Florida 5-4
First baseman Aaron Sobieraj finished 3-3 with four-RBI and Jay Belflower held off a South Florida seventh inning rally as Florida registered a 5-4 victory Wednesday at McKethan Stadium. With the win, Florida is now 32-21 overall while South Florida drops to 26-26 overall.
Belflower registered his second save of the season and second save in back-to-back days as the junior held the Bulls scoreless and hitless in 2.1 innings. He entered the game in the seventh inning with the Gators leading 5-4 and following Myron Leslie’s two-RBI double. Belflower struck out Daniel Boyd to end the inning.
Florida starter Joey Simon (7-5) earned the win after throwing the first 6.0 innings. He allowed four hits, one run and struck out two batters.
South Florida jumped on top early, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when first baseman Mike Eylward doubled down the left field line, driving home Daniel Boyd.
Florida tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning when Matt Goss scored on an Aaron Sobieraj single. Florida went up 2-1 on Kevin Estrada’s RBI single down the leftfield line.
The Gators increased their lead to 5-1 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jason Dill walked, Matt Goss singled and Pat Osborn walked to load the bases. Aaron Sobieraj drove all three home on a double to leftfield.
South Florida starter Shannon Royal (3-5) took the loss after pitching the first 5.1 innings and allowing six hits and three runs. He struck out a career-high five batters. South Florida rallied to within 5-4 in the seventh on Bill Nahorodny’s pinch-hit RBI double and Myron Leslie’s two-RBI double but Belflower registered the final out to end the rally.
Sobieraj led UF with his 3-3, four RBI performance. Matt Goss, Kevin Estrada and Aaron Davidson each finished with two hits apiece. Leslie led South Florida with a 1-4, two RBI evening.
Florida gets back into SEC play this weekend as it hosts South Carolina for a three-game series at McKethan Stadium. Friday’s game begins at 7 p.m., Saturday’s game is at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s begins at 1:30 p.m.