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Friday April 12, 2002Baseball Erupts for 15-1 Win Against Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

No. 11/11/12 Florida erupted for 15 hits and took advantage of six errors and a 8.0-inning, seven strikeout pitching performance from Jimmy Ramshaw to register a 15-1 victory against Tennessee Friday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The victory snapped Florida’s season-long five-game losing streak and improves Florida to 7-6 in the SEC and 25-11 overall. Tennessee falls to 4-9 in the SEC and 17-19 overall.

The 15-runs scored by Florida were the most runs scored in the series against Tennessee since the 1999 season when UF rallied for 18 in a 18-2 win in Gainesville.

Ramshaw (3-3) went a career-high tying 8.0 innings and allowed just six hits, three walks and one run. He also struck out seven batters and threw 117 pitches on the evening. But the outing didn’t start as well as he expected as he battled through a rough first inning. In the first inning, he loaded the bases on two walks and a double then struck out two straight Vols and got Brandon Hopkins to fly out to end the inning. Ramshaw then went on to retire 12 straight batters from the second through sixth innings.

"Jimmy Ramshaw was just outstanding tonight," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "The key for him was getting out of that first inning jam. He had to throw 35 pitches but battled out of it with two key strikeouts. After that, Jimmy just threw the ball in the strike zone and made the defense work for him. We also played one of our better defensive games this evening.

"I’m so proud of the way our team battled tonight," McMahon said.

Florida grabbed a 5-0 lead in the second inning. The Gators scored all five runs with two outs when Pat Osborn singled, Jonathan Tucker was hit by pitch and Brian Rose singled to load the bases. Mark Kiger drew a bases loaded walk which scored Osborn and Aaron Sobieraj cleared the bases with a three RBI double to center field. After Ryan Shealy walked, David Klebonis drilled a shot into left field for a RBI single and UF’s 5-0 lead.

Florida tacked on a run in the third on Jake Riordan’s bunt single to third base which scored Jonathan Tucker from third. The Gators scored three more runs in the fourth inning as they took advantage of two Vol errors and three hits to go up 9-0. Ryan Shealy reached base on an errant throw and David Klebonis followed with a double to left field. Aaron Davidson drove Shealy home on a double and Pat Osborn drove Klebonis home on a sacrifice fly.

Down 9-0, Tennessee first got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the seventh when Chad LeGate reached base on an infield single, stole second and scored on Jordan Czarniecki’s triple to left center field. That was all the Vols could muster as UF held them to six hits on the evening.

Ryan Shealy made it 11-1 Florida in the eighth inning when he launched a two run home run over the fence in deep center field for his 14th homer of the season.

Tennessee starter Ben Riley (2-2) took the loss after pitching 4.0 innings and allowing 11 hits and nine runs (seven earned). Reliever Brian St. Jean pitched the final 5.0 innings while allowing four hits and six runs. St. Jean also struck out four batters.

Florida was led at the plate by Ryan Shealy’s 2-5, five RBI, triple and home run performance. He added a three-RBI triple in the ninth inning. Aaron Sobieraj added a 2-4, four RBI, three run day, Jake Riordan went 3-5 with two RBI in his first career SEC start and Brian Rose and David Klebonis each contributed two hits apiece.

Game two of the three-game series is Saturday at 5 p.m. Sunday’s contest will be played at 1:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES

*The win snapped Florida’s five-game losing streak, its longest since the 2000 season.

*Florida has now won two in a row vs. Tennessee. The Gators now own a 121-65 all-time record vs. UT and 54-36 in games played in Knoxville.

*Jimmy Ramshaw tied a career-high with his 8.0-inning pitching performance. Ramshaw has now pitched at least 5.0+ innings in seven of his eight starts on the year.

*Florida had its 10th hit in the fourth inning, an Aaron Davidson RBI single. Florida has now finished with 10+ hits in 28 of 36 games played on the year.

*Jake Riordan made his first SEC season start tonight in center field. It was his second career start at Florida.

*Jonathan Tucker made his second SEC start tonight at second base. It was Tucker’s seventh career start at Florida. In addition, Tucker was sporting a new glove today. The new glove was put to use when he dove for a ball and completed the out in the fifth inning.

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