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Sunday February 10, 2002Baseball Wins Second Straight Against Miami 6-2

Coral Gables, FL

No. 21/23 Florida used a six-inning, four-hit pitching performance from Alex Hart and Brian Rose’s two-run home run to defeat No. 3/2/7 Miami 6-2 Sunday at Mark Light Stadium. Florida is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since the 1994 season when it went 7-0. The Gators also won back-to-back games against Miami at Mark Light Stadium for the first time since 1995-1996. It also swept Miami in Coral Gables for the first time since 1956. Miami drops to 2-4.

Gator starter Alex Hart (2-0) pitched six innings and allowed just four hits, two runs (no earned) and one walk. He retired 19 of his 24 batters faced on 89 pitches. In his first two starts of the season, Hart has a 0.00 ERA in 12.0 innings pitched, has allowed four hits and struck out eight batters. Gator reliever Jimmy Ramshaw relieved Hart in the sixth inning. Ramshaw pitched the final 3.0 innings for his first career save.

"We saw an outstanding pitching performance from both pitchers today," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "Alex Hart had everything working and Jimmy Ramshaw did a nice job of closing it out."

Miami native Brian Rose gave Florida 3-0 sixth inning lead when he launched a two-out 2-2 pitch over the left field fence for his second home run of the season. The two-run home run drove in Ben Harrison (double) after he advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Shealy. Florida went up 1-0 in the first inning when Mark Kiger walked, Mario Garza followed with a single and Kiger scored on Pat Osborn’s sacrifice fly to center field.

Miami battled back to a 3-2 deficit in the sixth inning. With two outs Danny Figueroa reached base on an error followed by Kevin Howard’s double off the fence in right field. Kevin Mannix drove both home on a single to left field.

Florida took a 5-2 advantage in the seventh when it loaded the bases on an Aaron Davidson double, Mark Kiger walk, Aaron Sobieraj sacrifice bunt and a Pat Osborn intentional walk. Davidson scored when Ben Harrison was hit by pitch and Kiger scored from third on a Miami error. Pat Osborn’s ninth inning solo home run made it 6-2 Florida.

Miami starter Kiki Bengochea (0-2) took the loss.

Florida won a 12-9 decision Friday. Saturday’s game was canceled due to inclement weather. Florida is next in action on Wednesday at home against Florida A&M. First pitch is 5 p.m. The Gators host Winthrop for a two-game weekend series Saturday (1:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).

GAME NOTES

*The last time Florida won two in a row against Miami at Mark Light Stadium was in 1995-96.

*Florida is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 1994.

*In his last 16.1 innings pitched (dating back to the 2001 season), Florida’s Alex Hart has allowed just one earned run, five hits and struck out 14 batters.

*Florida wore orange uniforms for the second time this season.

*Florida’s Jimmy Ramshaw earned his first career save.

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