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Sunday April 21, 2002Baseball Completes Sweep of Vanderbilt 7-3

Gainesville, FL

No. 14/13/11 Florida won its fourth straight game and completed its second SEC sweep of the season with a 7-3 victory against Vanderbilt Sunday at McKethan Stadium. Florida is now 11-7 in the SEC and 30-12 overall. Vanderbilt is now 3-13 in the SEC and 17-18 overall.

The sweep was Florida’s second league sweep of the year. The Gators swept Ole Miss earlier in the year. Florida also won its 30th game on the year. It marks the 12th consecutive year that UF has won 30+ games. Florida has also won eight straight games against Vanderbilt and 14 of the last 15 matchups between the two schools.

After Florida starter Keith Ramsey pitched the first 5.2 innings, Florida’s bullpen went to work. Freshman Connor Falkenbach (2.0 IP) and junior Jamie Goldfarb (1.1 IP) shut down Vanderbilt over the final 3.1 innings to secure the win. Ramsey (5-2) earned the win after striking out a career-high tying six batters over 5.2 innings and Goldfarb picked up his second save of the year.

"This weekend, our young pitchers- David Bartelt, Tommy Boss, Connor Falkenbach and Jamie Goldfarb really came through for us," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "The three freshmen did a great job of relief and Jamie Goldfarb just continues to get better and better with each outing. They’re getting the sense of what it takes to be successful in this league."

Florida went up 6-3 with two runs in the seventh inning. Jonathan Tucker led off with a single followed by Brian Rose’s walk. Both runners advanced on Matt Goss’ sacrifice bunt. A walk to Aaron Davidson loaded the bases for Mark Kiger who drove in Tucker from third on a ground out. On Kiger’s ground ball, Davidson got in a run down between first and second base which allowed Brian Rose to score from third base for UF’s second run of the inning and commanding 6-3 lead.

The Gators added an insurance run in the eighth when Jake Riordan walked, stole second and scored on Jonathan Tucker’s RBI double down the left field line. Jamie Goldfarb retired the Commodores in the ninth inning to pick up his second save.

Florida went up 1-0 in the first when Mark Kiger belted a triple to right field and scored on Mario Garza’s double to left field. The Gators went up 4-0 on three more runs in the second inning. Matt Goss’ two run home run in the second inning. Goss drilled the first pitch over the fence and off a palm tree in right field after Jonathan Tucker reached on an error. Aaron Davidson followed with a double and Mark Kiger drove Davidson in on a single to center field to give the Gators their 4-0 lead.

Vanderbilt answered in the third inning when John Kaye led off with a home run to right field, his third of the three-game series. Chris Broadus followed with a single, Jonathan Douillard walked and Karl Nonemaker’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners to second and third base. Vanderbilt pulled to within 4-3 on Sean Luellwitz’s two RBI single to right field which scored both runners.

Vanderbilt starter Jeff Little (4-5) took the loss after throwing 6.0 innings and allowing 11 hits and five runs (two earned).

Florida stranded 13 runners on the day. Jonathan Tucker finished with a career-high four hits in a 4-5, RBI, two run day. Mark Kiger went 3-4 with a triple and two RBI, Aaron Davidson contributed 2-3 hitting and two walks and Matt Goss got Florida started with his fifth home run of the year.

Florida is next in action next weekend as it hosts Georgia for a three-game SEC series. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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GAME NOTES

*Matt Goss hit his first home run in 19 games, 60 at bats and 67 plate appearances.

*Jamie Goldfarb registered a save today, the second of his career. It marks Florida’s fourth save in as many games.

*Keith Ramsey struck out a career-high tying six batters in 5.2 innings pitched.

*Aaron Sobieraj tied the school’s career record for sacrifice bunts with his 20th in the sixth inning. He ties the school record held by Mark Ellis (20 from 1996-99).

*Florida registered 12 hits on the day. Florida has now finished with at least 10+ hits in 32 of its 42 games.

*Connor Falkenbach tied a career-high with 2.0 innings pitched today.

*Jonathan Tucker finished the day with a career-high four hits today.

*Florida is now on a four-game win streak and has won five of its last six SEC games.

*The Gators are now 25-4 at McKethan Stadium this season.

*Florida won its 30th game of the year. That marks the 12th consecutive year that Florida has won 30+ games in a season.

*The Gators registered their second SEC sweep of the year. Florida swept No. 12/12/9 Ole Miss in its first league series.

*Florida has now defeated Vanderbilt eight straight times. The Gators have won 14 of the last 15 meetings.

*Florida improves to 105-49-1 in its series against Vanderbilt. UF is also now 61-16 vs. the Commodores in Gainesville.

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