Saturday May 12, 2001Baseball Downs South Carolina 14-7
Florida scored four runs in each of its first three innings and Jimmy Ramshaw pitched seven innings as the Gators downed South Carolina 14-7 Saturday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improves to 33-22 overall and 16-13 in the SEC while South Carolina drops to 40-15 overall and 16-13 in the SEC.
Florida’s 14 runs were the most runs scored in its 29 SEC games. It also was the most runs scored since the Gators scored 17 against Stetson on April 11.
Offensively, Florida was led by Matt Goss whose fourth inning grand slam gave the Gators a commanding 8-3 lead. Goss finished the game 2-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. The junior also extended his hit streak to 12 games. Senior Peter Nystrom also finished 3-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Mark Kiger scored a career-high tying four runs and Jason Dill registered a 3-4, three runs scored day.
Florida starter Jimmy Ramshaw (5-3) pitched seven innings, surrendering four runs on five hits and striking out five Gamecock batters to get the win. He threw 141 pitches. Matt Bomeisl and Joey Simon combined for the final 2.0 innings to close out the contest.
Florida took control of the game early, jumping out to a 4-1 lead after the first inning on RBI singles from Peter Nystrom, Matt Goss and Aaron Sobieraj. The Gators took advantage of three South Carolina errors up 8-3 in the second inning when Kevin Estrada reached on a catcher’s interference, advanced to second on a passed ball and stole third. Aaron Davidson drove Estrada in on an error, followed by Mark Kiger’s single. Jason Dill reached base on an error to load the bases and Peter Nystrom walked to drive home Davidson. Kiger scored on Pat Osborn’s sacrifice fly ball to leftfield.
Goss’ grand slam gave UF a commanding 12-3 lead.
South Carolina was led by Brennan Dees and Tripp Kelly who finished with two hits apiece. Michael Floyd hit a towering home run to leftfield in the third inning.
South Carolina starter Gary Bell (10-5) suffered the loss after pitching 1.2 innings. He allowed five hits, eight runs (three earned runs) and walked four Gators.
Florida and South Carolina play the third of the three-game series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tomorrow is the final regular season game of the season for the Gators and is Florida’s Senior Day.