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Saturday March 9, 2002Baseball Cruises to 13-4 Win Over Austin Peay

Gainesville, FL

No. 6 Florida used a 15-hit offensive attack to defeat Austin Peay 13-4 Saturday at McKethan Stadium. The win improves Florida to 13-3 on the year and drops Austin Peay to 6-5.

Florida went up 3-1 in the second inning on Pat Osborn’s RBI double down the left field line, an error and a wild pitch. The Gators took control in third with five runs. Aaron Sobieraj led off with a bunt single, advanced to second on a throwing error and Matt Goss drove him home on a RBI single to right field. After a Ryan Shealy double, Jeff Corsaletti drove both Goss and Shealy home on a double down the right field line. Pat Osborn followed with his seventh home run (two-RBI) of the year and UF led 8-1.

Florida added two more runs in the fourth (Matt Goss two run home run), and one each in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

Matt Goss led Florida’s 15-hit offensive attack with a 3-4, three RBI day that included his second home run of the season. Five other Gators- Mark Kiger, Aaron Sobieraj (3 runs), Ryan Shealy (2 runs) and Pat Osborn (2-3, three RBI, three runs) finished with two hits apiece. The Gators have finished with 10+ hits in 13 of 16 games played this season. The game marked UF’s third this season without committing an error.

"We competed very well today," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "We also defended the field very well. That’s very positive for our ball club. We’ve got to continue to get better in all facets of the game."

The Gators led 12-1 before Austin Peay put together a three-run seventh inning on Frank Kunich’s two-RBI double and a Michael Johnson RBI groundout.

Gator starter Keith Ramsey (2-0) picked up his second victory of the season. Ramsey threw 5.0 innings and allowed three hits and one run. He also struck out three batters. Also seeing action for the Gators on the mound were Scot Drucker (1.0 IP), Mike Pete (0.1 IP), Ben Hedgecock (1.2 IP) and Matt Bomeisl (1.0 IP).

Austin Peay starter Tony Mathews (1-1) took the loss after allowing 11 hits and 11 earned runs in five complete innings pitched.

Florida hosts College of Charleston for a two-game series Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) and Wednesday (4 p.m.). The Gators open SEC play next weekend against Ole Miss. Game times for the weekend are Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (4 p.m.) and Sunday (noon).

GAME NOTES

*Florida was errorless for the second straight game and third time this season.

*UF has registered at least 10+ hits in 13 of 16 games played.

*Pat Osborn hit his seventh home run of the season. Last year Osborn hit five home runs.

*Mark Kiger continued his hot hitting. In his last six games, he is 16-25 with 11 RBI, 13 runs scored and four walks.

*Aaron Davidson walked a career-high tying three times today.

*Jeff Corsaletti set new career-highs for RBI (3), runs scored (2) and at bats (5).

*Florida is now 3-2 all-time vs. Austin Peay.

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