Friday April 26, 2002Gator Baseball Defeats Georgia 12-6
Matt Goss, Pat Osborn and Brian Rose each contributed three hits in leading No. 12/12/11 Florida to its fifth consecutive win, a 12-6 decision against Georgia Friday before 3,540 at McKethan Stadium. Florida has now won six of its last seven SEC games and seven of its last eight overall games and is 12-7 in the SEC and 31-12 overall. Georgia drops to 11-8 in the SEC and 24-16 overall.
Florida starter Jimmy Ramshaw (4-3) earned the win after throwing the first 5.2 innings. He struck out seven batters and allowed seven hits and four runs on the evening. It was the eighth time that Ramshaw pitched at least 5.0+ innings in his 10 starts on the year. UF reliever Tommy Boss pitched the final 3.1 innings for his second save of the year. He gave up five hits, two runs and struck out three batters. The 3.1 innings was a career-high 3.1 innings.
Florida grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning when it scored on Ryan Shealy’s sacrifice fly and David Klebonis’ two-run homer. Aaron Davidson led off the game with a single, advanced to third on Mark Kiger’s single to right field and scored on Shealy’s sacrifice fly to right field. Klebonis followed with his two-run homer into the left field bleachers for UF’s 3-0 lead.
Georgia made it 3-1 in the second on Jon Armitage’s sacrifice fly.
The Gators went up 5-1 in the third inning on Pat Osborn’s two-run home run into the left field bleachers. UF made it 6-1 in the fourth when Aaron Davidson led off with a double and scored on Mark Kiger’s RBI single. Florida took an 8-1 lead in the fifth when Georgia catcher Clint Sammons overthrew third base on a double steal attempt. Matt Goss singled, stole second and Pat Osborn walked to set up the double steal. On a third strike to UF’s Ben Harrison, Sammons’ threw flew past third baseman Lee Mitchell into left field and Goss scored on the play. Brian Rose followed with a RBI single to score Osborn from third base.
Georgia battled back to within 8-4 in the sixth inning on Adam Swann’s two-run homer and Justin Holmes’ RBI single. The Bulldogs then loaded the bases with two outs but Florida reliever Tommy Boss got David Coffey to ground out to end the inning. Boss then set the Bulldogs 1-2-3 in the following inning.
Florida took a commanding 12-4 lead with four runs in the seventh inning. Matt Goss and Pat Osborn reached base on consecutive singles. A throwing error advanced both runners a base and pinch hitter Jeff Corsaletti was intentionally walked. Brian Rose hit a chopper over UG third baseman Lee Mitchell’s head for a two-RBI double. Jonathan Tucker followed with a two-RBI single up the middle for a 12-4 Gator lead.
Seven of Florida’s first eight runs were scored with two outs. The Gators outhit Georgia 16-12.
Goss, Osborn and Rose finished with three hits apiece. Osborn went 3-4 with three runs and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Goss went 3-3 with two runs in a reserve role and Rose drove in a team-leading three RBI on a 3-4 day.
*Florida has now won five straight games, six of its last seven SEC games and seven of its last eight overall games.
*Florida has now won nine straight games against Georgia in Gainesville.
*UF freshman reliever Tommy Boss threw a career-high 3.2 innings in earning his second save of the year.
*David Klebonis’ home run to left field was the third of his career.
*Pat Osborn extended his hit streak to a career-high 11 games.
*Florida starter Jimmy Ramshaw has now pitched at least 5.0+ innings in eight of 10 starts on the year.
*Florida has now registered at least 10+ hits in 33 of its 43 games this season.
*Seven of Florida’s first eight runs were scored with two outs.