Wednesday April 17, 2002Baseball Wins 5-4 Decision Over Bethune-Cookman
Ryan Shealy’s three-run homer gave No. 14/13/11 Florida an early first inning lead and the Gators fended off a late threat to register a 5-4 victory over Bethune-Cookman Wednesday at McKethan Stadium. The win gave UF its third victory in its last four contests. Florida is now 27-12 overall.
Shealy gave Florida a 3-0 lead when he hit three-run home run in the first inning. Shealy hit an 0-1 pitch into the left field bleachers for his 16th homer of the year and 32nd of his career. Mark Kiger reached base on a leadoff error and Aaron Sobieraj walked to give Shealy two baserunners. Pat Osborn gave the Gators a 4-1 lead with a solo home run in the sixth, his ninth of the season. The Gators added an insurance run in the seventh inning as it used an Aaron Sobieraj single, a Ryan Shealy’s ground ball error, a walk to David Klebonis and Pat Osborn’s bases loaded walk to go up 5-2.
Trailing 5-2, Bethune-Cookman (30-13) rallied back in the ninth inning when Micah Simmons drew a one-out walk and stole second. Simmons advanced to third on Wes Timmons single and scored on an error. After the second out of the inning, Timmons advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jose Ramos’ single to center field. After Rusty Moore’s infield single and with runners on first and second, UF reliever Kevin Coleman got Jose Vazquez to fly out to end the game.
"Bethune-Cookman is a veteran club and I’m proud of the way our club battled," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "I think there were some good things tonight but there are some areas of the game that we have to continue to work on. Our young pitchers competed and battled very well. I thought Kevin Coleman pitched outstanding tonight and pitched through adversity."
Florida also fended off a Bethune-Cookman rally in the fifth inning. With two outs, the Wildcats put runners at second and third base when Micah Simmons singled and stole both second and third base and Pedro Pichardo walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The Wildcats chased Florida starter Mike Pete after he gave up his second straight walk to Pedro Pichardo. Reliever Tommy Boss’ wild pitch scored Timmons from third base and a walk to Jose Ramos loaded the bases. Boss was then replaced by David Bartelt. With the bases loaded, Bartelt struck out Rusty Moore to end the inning.
Bartelt (3-1) earned the win on the mound after pitching 1.2 innings. He allowed three hits, one run and struck out two batters. Florida starter Mike Pete pitched 4.2 innings and struck out a career-high tying six batters. Coleman pitched the final 2.2 innings for his fourth save. Bethune-Cookman starter Travis Johnson (1-4) took the loss after pitching 6.2 innings.
Florida is back in action this weekend as it hosts Vanderbilt for a three-game SEC series. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
*Florida is now 14-0 all-time vs. Bethune-Cookman.
*Florida head coach Pat McMahon won his 380th career game. He is now 380-186 in his 10-year head coaching career.
*Ryan Shealy hit his team leading 16th home run in the first inning this evening. It was the 32nd of his career and now ranks him tied for fourth on UF’s all-time career list. Brad Wilkerson holds the record with 55 career home runs, Mario Linares and Mark Ellis rank second with 36 HR and Shealy is tied with Chuck Hazzard and Jason Dill with 32.
*Shealy has now hit a SEC-leading 16 home runs on the year. That ties his total home run production over his first three seasons at Florida.
*Kevin Coleman registered his fourth save on the year.
*UF starter Mike Pete struck out a career-high tying six batters on the evening.