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Sunday February 3, 2002Baseball Defeats Charleston Southern 12-2

Gainesville, FL

Junior Alex Hart threw six innings of no-hit baseball in leading No. 21/23 Florida to a 12-2 victory Sunday against Charleston Southern.

Wearing orange uniforms for the first time since May 30, 1994 vs. Miami, Florida pitchers limited Charleston Southern to five hits and two runs. The Gators had a no-hitter in tact through the seventh inning before CSU catcher Chris Kellett drove a pitch into deep centerfield for a double. Florida (2-0) finished the day with 12 runs on 12 hits as the Gators scored a run in each of the first six innings.

Hart set a new school record for most consecutive batters retired to start a game as he retired 15 straight batters from the first through the sixth innings. An error to lead off the sixth ended his streak. The former record was 13 by Rob Bonanno vs. Ohio State on Feb. 25, 1994. His 15 retired batters also ranks tied for fourth all-time on the consecutive batters retired list. Stan Fascher (vs. Florida A&M, Feb. 24, 1985), holds the record.

Hart (1-0) allowed no hits, no runs and struck out six batters in 6.0 innings pitched and 59 total pitches. He struck out his first four batters faced. Also seeing action on the mound for Florida included Jamie Goldfarb (1.0 IP), Ben Hedgecock (1.0 IP) and Ryan Sadowski (1.0 IP).

Florida scored its 12 runs before the Buccaneers could get on the board. The Gators went up 1-0 in the first when Aaron Davidson singled, stole second and scored on Mark Kigerís sacrifice fly. Pat Osbornís three-RBI home run to straightaway centerfield put the Gators up 4-0 in the second inning. UF scored one run each in both the third (Mario Garza RBI single) and fourth innings (error) and two in the fifth (Pat Osborn RBI triple, Aaron Sobieraj RBI single). Florida made it 12-0 with four runs in the sixth on back-to-back RBI triples by Ben Harrison and Ryan Shealy along with Brian Roseís sacrifice fly.

Leading the Gators at the plate was Pat Osborn, who went 2-4 with four RBI, a home run and a triple. Ben Harrison went 2-3 with a RBI and run.

Charleston Southern starter Ian Holmen took the loss.

No. 21/23 Florida is back in action Wednesday as its hosts Mercer at 5 p.m. The Gators travel to Miami next weekend for a three-game series at Mark Light Stadium. Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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