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Sunday May 27, 2001Stetson Hands Gator Baseball 6-3 Defeat

Coral Gables, FL

Stetson rode a 7.0 inning pitching performance from starter Roger Lincoln as the Hatters won a 6-3 decision against Florida Saturday at Mark Light Stadium. The loss ends Floridaís season at 35-27.

Stetson (43-16) advances to play in the championship round against Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Hatters need to defeat Miami two times to advance to NCAA Super Regional action.

Roger Lincoln (6-0) pitched 7.2 innings and allowed six hits, three runs (one earned). He walked five and struck out four batters. Andy Wilson pitched the final 1.1 innings for his 10th save of the year.

Florida jumped out to a 2-0 second inning lead when Jason Dill reached base on an error and advance to third on a throwing error. Peter Nystrom drove him in on a RBI single and Nystrom scored on Pat Osbornís RBI groundout.

Stetson battled back to take a 3-2 lead in the second taking advantage of Andy Wilson RBI single, wild pitch, fielding error and Jeff Christyís RBI groundout. The Gators tied it up at 3-3 on when Matt Gossí single drove home Brian Rose from third.

Stetson took a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning on a two-RBI double from Bryan Zenchyk following Jeff Christyís leadoff single and an intentional walk to Frank Corr. Stetson went up 6-3 in the eighth.

Gator reliever Joey Simon (7-6) suffered the loss after pitching 4.0 innings.

Florida was led by Peter Nystromís career-high four hit performance. He finished 4-4 with a RBI and run.

The game began at 9:19 and was delayed for an hour and 44 minutes due to heavy rain.

GAME NOTES

*Peter Nystrom finished with a career-high tying four hits and stole a career-high two bases tonight. He finished hitting .800 (8-10) with four RBI in the NCAA Regional.

*Keith Brice hit three batters tonight, a total that tied a season-high for a UF pitcher.

*Florida is 0-23 this season when trailing after eight innings.

*Florida is 1-3 vs. Stetson this season.

*Matt Goss has at least one hit in 17 of the last 18 games.

*UF is now 12-10 in NCAA Regional games in Miami.

*Florida made its 19th appearance in NCAA Regional play.

*The Gators are made their sixth appearance in NCAA Regional play in Miami (1981, 1982, 1985, 1994, 1997 and now 2001).

*Florida is now 42-32 all-time in NCAA Regional play.

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