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Wednesday May 16, 2001Baseball Falls to LSU 10-0 in SEC Tournament

Birmingham, Ala.

Jason Scobie pitched a three-hitter over seven innings and LSU used a seven-run second inning to defeat Florida 10-0 in the first round of the SEC Tournament at Hoover-Met Stadium.

The loss sends No. 7 seeded Florida to the consolation bracket where it will play an elimination game against No. 3 seeded Tennessee at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT Thursday. Tennessee dropped a 17-6 decision to No. 6 seeded Ole Miss in the first game of the tournament. LSU advances to play Ole Miss at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT.

Scobie (4-1) threw 110 pitches and held the Gators to three hits over seven innings. He walked four and struck out four of his 27 batters faced.

LSU (38-18-1) took a 7-0 lead in the second inning as all seven runs were scored with two outs. Bryan Moore led off with a single, Zeph Zinsman walked, both advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Matt Heath followed with a two-RBI triple to center field and David Raymer drove home Heath on a double to left centerfield. After a Ryan Theriot walk, Wally Pontiffís single drove home Raymer on a single to right field. Mike Fontenot followed with a three-run home run to left field.

The seven-run inning was the most runs scored by an opponent against Florida since Ole Miss scored eight runs in the sixth inning vs. the Gators on April 21.

LSU went up 9-0 with two more runs in the third inning on Ryan Theriotís two-RBI single. The Tigers scored again in the fifth on Matt Heathís solo home run to left center. The game was called in the seventh due to the SEC Tournamentís 10-run rule.

Florida (33-24) managed only three hits and seven baserunners. The three hits ties for the third lowest total this season and the Gators were shutout for the second time on the year. Jason Dill, Matt Goss and Aaron Sobieraj each registered singles.

Starter Keith Brice (2-6) took the loss after pitching 1.2 innings. He allowed seven earned runs, five hits and struck out two batters in 52 pitches. Reliever Eddie Rojas threw 3.1 innings, allowing five hits and three runs and Matt Bomeisl pitched the sixth.

GAME NOTES

*The loss snapped Floridaís four-game win streak in the SEC Tournamentís first round.

*The 10-0 loss was the largest handed to Florida this season.

*Florida was shut out for the first time in SEC Tournament play since a 5-0 shutout loss to Georgia in 1993.

*Keith Briceís 1.2 inning start was his shortest start since 3/23/01. He had gone at least 5.2+ innings in four consecutive starts.

*The three hits ties for the third lowest offensive output this season.

*LSU has defeated Florida in five consecutive games.

*Florida was shutout for the second time this season.

*Florida has now appeared in 24 SEC Tournaments, the most of any school in the SEC.

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