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Sunday March 31, 2002Baseball Wins Series, Defeats Auburn 6-1

Gainesville, FL

Keith Ramsey notched career-highs of 7.0 innings pitched and six strikeouts as No. 6 Florida registered a 6-1 baseball victory against No. 17 Auburn Sunday at McKethan Stadium. Florida improves to 6-3 in the SEC and 24-6 overall. Auburn drops to 5-4 in the SEC and 21-8 overall.

The win gave UF a 2-1 advantage in the series and gave the Gators an 8-5 record this season against nationally ranked opponents. Florida pitchers held Auburn scoreless through 13 consecutive innings from yesterdayís fifth through todayís ninth inning. The consecutive scoreless inning streak was kept in tact when Aaron Sobieraj made a leaping grab at the fence and robbed Auburnís Doug Vines of a home run in the fourth inning. UF gave up four runs in Saturdayís fourth inning and battled back for a 9-5 Saturday win. It scored 15 unanswered runs up to todayís ninth inning.

Ramsey (4-1) held Auburn scoreless through the first seven innings. He pitched a career-high 7.0 innings and struck out a career-high tying six Tigers. He yielded just six hits and one walk in 97 pitches. Reliever Kevin Coleman threw the final 2.0 innings for his third save of the season.

"It was one of Keithís best outings of the season," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "He dominated the strike zone today and competed very well. Iím proud of his effort."

Florida grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fifth when Mario Garza laced a triple down the right field line and scored on Aaron Davidsonís double up the middle. Davidson advanced to third on a balk then scored on Brian Roseís single over the second basemanís head.

Florida made it 3-0 with a run in the seventh inning. Mario Garza led off with a double to left center field and was replaced by pinch runner Matt Maley. Maley advanced to third on Pat Osbornís single and scored on Aaron Davidsonís RBI single. Auburn starter Colby Paxton was then replaced by Ken Clayton who struck out three straight Gators to end the inning.

Maley gave Florida a 5-0 eighth inning lead when he blasted a ground rule double to center field. Matt Goss (walk) and Ryan Shealy (double) scored on the hit. Maley scored on Davidsonís single to left field for a 6-0 lead.

Trailing 6-0, Auburn finally got on the board in the top of the ninth on a Scott Schade sacrifice fly.

Auburn starter Colby Paxton (6-2) took the loss after giving up three runs (all earned) and 11 hits in 6.0 innings pitched. Also seeing mound action for Auburn included Ken Clayton (1.2 IP) and Reid Price (0.1 IP).

The Gators were led at the plate by Brian Roseís 3-4, two-RBI performance. Aaron Sobieraj (2-4), Mario Garza (2-3, double, triple) and Aaron Davidson (2-3, double, two-RBI) each registered two hits apiece. Schade led the Tigers with a 2-3, RBI day.

Florida is next in action Wednesday at Jacksonville. Game time is 7 p.m.

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