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Sunday March 17, 2002Baseball Sweeps No. 10 Ole Miss With 17-6 Win

Gainesville, FL

Riding a seven-game winning streak No. 6 Florida completed a three-game SEC sweep of No. 10 Ole Miss with a 17-6 victory Sunday before 1,972 at McKethan Stadium. The win improves Florida to 3-0 in the SEC and 18-3 overall while Ole Miss drops to 0-3 in the SEC and 13-6.

The Gators begin their SEC schedule at a perfect 3-0 for the first time since 1997. The last time UF began a season at 18-3 or better after 21 games was during the 1963 season and the Gators completed a sweep against Ole Miss for the first time since 1996. The Gators also hit three three home runs on the afternoon and have 49 for the season. Last year, UF hit 49 home runs in 62 games.

"Our preparation was very good for this series," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "We pitched extremely well this weekend. Ole Miss is an outstanding team. There are still many things we need to work on. Fortunately, we’re scoring some runs."

Once again, Florida’s offense generated 17 runs on 15 hits. The Gators hit three home runs and also took advantage of 12 walks. Rebel pitchers yielded 30 walks in the three-game series.

Florida took control of the game in the second inning as it grabbed a 6-0 lead. Jeff Corsaletti led off the inning with a walk followed by Aaron Davidson’s two run home run to right field. After a walk to Mark Kiger, Mario Garza was hit by pitch and Aaron Sobieraj walked to load the bases, Matt Goss drove in two RBI on a double to right field. Sobieraj scored on a throwing error following Goss’ double and Shealy drove Goss home for a 6-0 lead.

Ole Miss added two runs of its own on Josh Christian’s RBI double and Clint Farrar’s sacrifice fly but the Gators manufactured runs in each of the next five innings. Shealy hit his fourth homer of the weekend, a solo shot to right field in the fourth. Mario Garza’s doube down the right field line scored two runs in the fifth and Shealy drove in another run on a RBI single followed by Jeff Corsaletti’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.

The Rebels rallied for four runs in the seventh but UF scored three runs in back-to-back innings (seventh and eighth) for the final tally.

Shealy (3-5, three RBI, home run) finished the three-game series hitting .500 (8-16) with four home runs and nine RBI. He hit a school-record tying three home runs and drove in six RBI on Friday night and extended his current hit streak to 18 games. Aaron Sobieraj finished 2-4 with four RBI and a home run, Matt Goss drove in three runs on a 2-4, two walk performance, Mark Kiger walked three times and scored four runs and Jeff Corsaletti finished 2-3 with two RBI.

Gator starter Keith Ramsey (3-0) pitched a career-high tying 6.0 innings. He allowed five runs, five hits and struck out three batters in 91 pitches. Also seeing relief action for UF were David Bartelt, Jamie Goldfarb and Tommy Boss.

Taking the loss for Ole Miss was starter Alan Horne (0-1) who threw the first 1.1 innings, walked five and gave up four hits and four runs.

Florida is back in action Tuesday against Massachusetts (5 p.m.) and Wednesday vs. Dartmouth (6:30 p.m.). Both games were scheduled due to the cancelation of several earlier games.

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GAME NOTES

*Florida is now on a seven-game win streak.

*Florida is 3-0 in the SEC for the first time since the 1997 season and 18-3 after 21 games, its best start since the 1963 season. Last year Florida started out 11-10.

*The win completed UF’s first sweep against Ole Miss since 1996.

*With its three home runs today, Florida has now tied its season output for home runs with the 2001 season.

*Florida batters were walked 30 times on the weekend.

*Keith Ramsey tied a career-high with a 6.1 inning performance.

*Ryan Shealy belted four home runs on the weekend and hit .500 (8-16) with five runs scored and nine RBI while Aaron Sobieraj finished the weekend hitting .500 (7-14) with 10 RBI. He is now hitting .534 on the year.

*Ryan Shealy extended his hit streak to 18 consecutive games.

*Each Florida starting pitcher- Jimmy Ramshaw (7.0 IP), Alex Hart (8.1 IP) and Keith Ramsey (6.0) went at least six innings pitched in the weekend series.

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