Wednesday March 13, 2002Baseball Wins 23-8 Decision
For the second consecutive evening, No. 6 Florida scored 20+ runs as it used a 23-run attack and a two home run day from Mark Kiger to win a 23-8 baseball decision against the College of Charleston Wednesday at McKethan Stadium. The win improves Florida to 15-3 while the College of Charleston drops to 13-5.
The 43 runs scored by Florida marked just the second time in UF baseball history that the Gators scored 20+ runs in back-to-back games (the other occasion was in 1998 vs. Kentucky, 32-10 and 20-10). The 43 runs in the two-game series were the most-ever scored by UF in a two-game series and ranked tied for third all-time for runs scored in back-to-back games. The Gators won a 20-3 decision on Tuesday.
Senior Mark Kiger hit a career-high two home runs on the day including a shot to left field to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Kiger finished the afternoon 3-5 with five RBI, three runs scored and two walks. Aaron Sobieraj (4-5, five RBI, home run, three runs) and Ryan Shealy (4-5, three RBI) each finished with four hits apiece. Jonathan Tucker contributed career-highs of five runs and three hits while Mario Garza (home run) and Matt Goss each added two hits apiece.
Pitching in his first action of the season and first career start, redshirt sophomore Tom Potter (1-0) earned his first collegiate victory. He pitched a career-high 3.1 innings and allowed six hits and two runs (two earned) while striking out one.
Florida scored runs in each of the first five innings to take command. Leading 5-2, the Gators rallied for nine runs in the fourth to take a 15-2 lead.
Stanley Nix led College of Charleston with a 2-3, three RBI day. He also hit a home run. Matt Lauderdale and Brett Spivey each contributed two hits apiece. The Cougars finished with 14 hits on the day. Starter Travis McLeod (0-1) took the loss.
Florida opens SEC play this weekend as it hosts No. 15/10/10 Ole Miss for a three-game weekend series. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Sunday’s game will be televised live by Sunshine Network.
*The game marked just the second time in UF baseball history that Florida scored 20+ runs in back-to-back games. UF scored 32 and 20 in a back-to-back games vs. Kentucky in 1998.
*Florida’s 43 runs vs. the College of Charleston in the two-game series was the most ever scored by a UF team in a two-game series.
*The 43 runs scored by UF tied for third-most runs scored in back-to-back games. The school record is 52 vs. Kentucky in 1998. UF also scored 44 in back-to-back games in 1998 and 43 two times.
*Mark Kiger led off the game with a home run. It was the first time a Gator homered to lead off the game since Mark Ellis hit a leadoff home run vs. Arkansas, May 2, 1998. Kiger hit a career-high two home runs and tied a career-high with five RBI.
*In its first two at bats in the bottom of the second inning, Florida hit back-to-back home runs. It was the second time this season that the Gators hit back-to-back home runs (Aaron Davidson-Brian Rose vs. Winthrop, eighth inning).
*Tom Potter earned his first collegiate victory on the mound. It was his first appearance of the season and first start of his career. He also pitched a career-high 3.1 IP.
*Ryan Shealy and Matt Goss extended hit streaks to 15 and 12 games respectively.
*From last night, Mario Garza reached base on eight straight plate appearances while Mark Kiger reached base on seven straight plate appearances.
*Freshman Jonathan Tucker registered career-highs for hits (3) and runs scored (5).