Sunday May 13, 2001South Carolina Defeats Gator Baseball 6-4
South Carolina broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth on a Michael Floyd single and Brett Price pitched three scoreless relief innings as the Gamecocks defeated Florida 6-4 Sunday at McKethan Stadium. Florida closes out the regular season with a 33-23 overall record and 16-14 SEC record. South Carolina ends the regular season at 41-15 overall and 17-13 in the SEC.
Florida next travels to Birmingham, Ala. for the SEC Tournament. The Gators enter the tournament as the No. 7 seed and will play No. 2 seed LSU Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET.
The Gamecocks broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning when Michael Floyd drove home Garris Gonce. That put USC up 5-4. South Carolina went up 6-4 on an insurance run in the seventh inning when Drew Meyer scored from third on Brennan Deesí RBI single to left field. With two outs, Meyer reached base when he swung at a third strike in the dirt, then ran to first base and continued to third base as the entire Gator defense headed to the dugout thinking the inning was over. The umpires ruled Dees safe at third because the pitch was in the dirt.
South Carolina reliever Brett Price (5-0) earned the win after throwing 3.0 innings and allowed one hit and no runs.
Florida jumped on top first with a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Shortstop Kevin Estrada scored on a ground out by second baseman Mark Kiger to give the Gators the early edge.
But South Carolina battled back to take a 4-1 lead with three runs in the third inning when Chris Plummer singled followed by a Marcus McBeth walk. Brennan Dees drove in Plummer on a single to leftfield and Garris Gonce followed with a two-RBI home run to right field.
Florida tied it at 4-4 with three runs in the fourth when it loaded the bases on three consecutive singles by Pat Osborn, Aaron Sobieraj and Brian Rose. Kevin Estrada drove Osborn home on a sacrifice fly, Aaron Davidson drove Sobieraj in on a single to left field and Brian Rose eventually scored on a wild pitch. That was as close at the Gators came.
Florida reliever Keith Ramsey (4-3) took the loss after giving up six hits and two runs in 4.0 innings of relief work. Starter Alex Hart pitched 5.0 innings for the Gators.
Florida was led by Aaron Davidsonís 2-4 day at the plate. Florida broke its team season stolen bases record with its 128th steal of the year in the ninth inning.
South Carolina was led by Dees who finished 3-3 with two RBI, Gonce who went 2-5 with two runs and two RBI and his home run and Floyd who went 2-4.