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Sunday March 3, 2002FSU Tops UF Baseball 9-4

Tallahassee, FL

No. 1 Florida State rallied back from a 4-1 deficit to register a 9-4 baseball victory over No. 6 Florida Sunday at Dick Howser Stadium. The loss drops Florida to 11-2 on the season while Florida State improves to 17-4.

Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Florida State rallied for six runs to take its 9-4 lead. Richie Smith walked to lead off the inning, followed by Mike Futrell’s single and Nick Rogers’ walk to load the bases. Ryan Barthelemy’s sacrifice fly tied the game at 4-4. After Tony Richie was hit by pitch, Futrell scored from third base on a wild pitch. Blair McCaleb walked to load the bases again and Jerrod Brown drove a shot over UF center fielder Matt Goss’ head which scored all three runs and went for a triple. Scott Toole’s double drove in the final run. In the inning, Florida made three pitching changes.

Florida built a 4-1 lead when Mark Kiger led off the fifth with a walk and scored on Matt Goss’ first home run of the season. Goss, who led the 2001 Gator squad with 11 home runs, launched a 0-2 pitch over the right field fence for a 4-1 lead. It was Goss’ 20th home run of his career. Mark Kiger gave UF a 2-1 third inning lead when he blasted a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right center field for his third home run of the year.

Florida State battled back to a 4-3 deficit in the sixth on Tony Richie’s two-run home run to right field.

Florida went up 1-0 in the second when Jeff Corsaletti led off with a double to deep center field, advanced to third on Ryan Shealy’s single and scored on Brian Rose’s fielders choice. The Seminoles tied the contest at 1-1 with a run in the second when Tony Richie walked and scored on Blair McCaleb’s RBI double to center field.

Gator starter Keith Ramsey pitched a career-high 6.0 innings. He allowed four hits, four runs and struck out four batters. Reliever Kevin Coleman (0-1) took the loss after Ramsey walked Smith in the seventh inning. He pitched 2/3 inning and allowed one hit and three runs.

Florida State reliever Kevin Lynch (2-0) earned the win after limited UF to one hit in the final three frames. Starter Robby Read pitched the first six innings.

Mark Kiger led the Gators at the plate with a 3-3, two run, RBI performance.

Florida is next in action Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9 for a three-game series against Austin Peay. Thursday’s game is at 6:30 p.m., Friday’s begins at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday’s contest is at 4 p.m. All three games will be played at McKethan Stadium.

GAME NOTES

*Matt Goss’ fifth inning two-run home run was his 20th of his career. For his career, Goss has 20 home runs, 105 RBI and 28 steals (two on season). He now needs only two steals to become just the sixth player in Florida baseball history to record 20+ home runs, 100+ RBI and 30+ steals in a career. The five other players who have accomplished this feat include: Brad Wilkerson (96-98), Mark Ellis (96-99), David Eckstein (94-97), Scott Ruskin (82-84) and Mike Stanley (82-85).

*Florida was limited to seven hits on the afternoon. The Gators were held under 10+ hits for the just the third time this season.

*Gator starter Keith Ramsey pitched a career-high 6.0 innings in his fourth career start today.

*Freshman Jeff Corsaletti made his third career start today in the outfield.

*Ryan Shealy extended his hit streak to 10 games.

*Aaron Davidson’s hit streak ended at 12 games today.

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