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Friday March 15, 2002Baseball Wins SEC Opener 24-5 Over No. 10 Ole Miss

Gainesville, FL

No. 6 Florida set numerous school records in registering a 24-5 SEC baseball season opening victory against No. 10 Ole Miss Friday before 2,011 at McKethan Stadium. Florida improved to 1-0 in the SEC and 16-3 overall while Ole Miss is now 0-1 in the SEC and 13-4 overall.

Florida scored 20+ runs for its third consecutive game, the only time in UF baseball history that a Gator team accomplished that task. Over those three games, UF scored 67 runs (23 and 20 vs. the College of Charleston and 24 tonight), the most-ever in three consecutive games. The former record was 64 runs scored in 1998. Florida’s 24 runs were the most scored by UF in a SEC season opener. Previously, the most runs scored by UF in a season opener was 22 vs. Kentucky in 1957. The 24 runs were also the most ever scored by the Gators vs. Ole Miss in the series and the 19-run win was the largest margin of victory by UF in the series.

Florida set its school-record for most home runs hit in an inning with four home runs en route to scoring nine runs. Both Ryan Shealy and Matt Goss hit back-to-back homers twice. The former school record was three home runs on six different occasions. It marked the third and fourth times this season that UF hit back-to-back home runs.

The Gator offense finished the evening with 22 hits, five home runs, a triple and three doubles. UF scored nine runs in the sixth and seven runs in the eighth.

Shealy hit a school-record three home runs (including a grand slam) and tied a career-high with six RBI. He went 3-7 with three home runs (grand slam, two solo), six RBI and three runs scored. Goss finished the evening with a career-high two home runs, 2-5 with four RBI and three runs. Several other Gators had big offensive nights as Aaron Sobieraj finished 4-7 with two runs and two RBI, Pat Osborn scored four runs on 2-4 hitting and Ben Harrison was a double shy of hitting for the cycle at 4-4 with a home run, triple and three RBI.

Gator starter Jimmy Ramshaw (2-0) earned the win on the mound after pitching 7.0 innings and allowing 10 hits, four runs (four earned) and striking out eight in 102 pitches. Scot Drucker and Connor Falkenbach each threw 1.0 inning apiece.

Ole Miss used six pitchers in the contest. Starter Pete Montrenes (4-1) took the loss in 4.1 innings pitched.

The two nationally ranked squads continue the series Saturday at 4 p.m. at McKethan Stadium. Sunday’s game (noon) will be televised live by Sunshine Network.

GAME NOTES

*Florida scored 20+ runs of the third consecutive game, the only time in UF school history to accomplish that task. Over those those three games, UF scored 67 runs (23 and 20 vs. the College of Charleston and 24 tonight), the most-ever in three consecutive games.

*Florida’s 24 runs were the most scored by UF in a SEC season opener. Previously, the most runs scored by UF in a season opener was 22 vs. Kentucky in 1957. The 24 runs were the most ever scored by UF vs. Ole Miss in the series and was the largest margin of victory by UF in the series.

*Florida hit a school-record four home runs in the sixth inning- two each for Ryan Shealy and Matt Goss. The former school record was three on six different occasions. Both Ryan Shealy and Matt Goss hit back-to-back home runs on consecutive at bats in the inning. It marked the third and fourth times this season that UF hit back-to-back home runs.

*Ryan Shealy hit a school-record three home runs (including a grand slam) and tied a career-high with six RBI. Shealy also reached his 22nd career home runs this evening.

*Upon entering this evening’s game, Ole Miss had defeated in Florida 10 of the l1 seasons.

*Ryan Shealy and Matt Goss extended hit streaks to 16 and 13 games respectively.

*Matt Goss stole the 29th base of his career. He needs just one steal to reach 30+ steals, 20+ home runs and 100+ RBI in his career. Only five players in UF history have accomplished this feat.

*UF has registered 10+ hits in all but two games this season.

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