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Friday May 11, 2001South Carolina Defeats Baseball 6-3

Gainesville, FL

No. 24/15/21 South Carolina took advantage of an 8.0 inning pitching performance from Kip Bouknight and held off a late rally to defeat Florida 6-3 Friday at McKethan Stadium. The loss dropped Florida to 32-22 overall and 15-13 in the SEC while South Carolina improved to 40-14 overall and 16-12 in the SEC.

Bouknight (9-2) threw 132 pitches, scattered 11 hits and held the Gators to three runs. He also struck out four batters. Lee Gronkiewicz pitched the ninth inning for his 14th save of the season.

South Carolina went up 2-0 in the second inning on Tripp Kelly’s two-run home run. The Gamecocks made it 3-0 in the fourth when Garris Gonce scored on an error advancing to home.

Florida made it 3-1 in the fourth on Pat Osborn’s RBI groundout.

South Carolina extended its lead to 5-2 in the fifth, scoring on Brennan Dee’s sacrifice fly and Garris Gonce’s RBI single to leftfield.

The Gators battled back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth when Aaron Davidson advanced to third on Jason Dill’s fielders’ choice and scored on a throwing error along with Peter Nystrom’s sacrifice fly. That was as close as the Gators came.

Florida starter Keith Brice (2-5) took the loss after pitching a strong 7.2 innings. He allowed nine hits, six runs (four earned), two walks and struck out three batters. Reliever Jay Belflower pitched the final 2.1 innings.

The game saw seven errors while the two teams left 21 runners on base (Florida 12).

Florida rallied in the ninth as it put two runners on base with two outs and the tying run at the plate (Matt Goss) but Gronkiewicz registered the final out.

With the win, South Carolina clinches a berth in the SEC Tournament. Game two is Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net as the SEC Game of the Week. Sunday’s game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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