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Sunday April 28, 2002Baseball Drops 6-4 Sunday Loss to Georgia

Gainesville, FL

Georgia battled back from a 4-0 deficit with a six-run ninth inning to defeat Florida 6-4 Sunday at McKethan Stadium. The loss drops Florida to 13-8 in the SEC and 32-13 overall while Georgia improves to 12-9 in the SEC and 25-17 overall.

Georgia rallied all the way back from a 4-0 deficit to lead 5-4 with five runs in the top of the ninth. Jon Armitage led off the ninth with a single and pinch hitter Ned Yost walked. Adam Swann reached base on an error which loaded the bases for Matt Cavender who laced a two-RBI single to center field. After David Coffey grounded out to second base for the second out of the inning, Lee Mitchell tied the game at 4-4 with a two-RBI left field. Justin McClain followed with a single to center and Clint Sammons drove Mitchell home on a RBI single to left field. The second ground ball error in the inning gave Georgia a 6-4 advantage going into the bottom of the ninth.

UF’s Jake Riordan led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to right field. Brian Rose laced a shot down the left field line which was ruled a foul ball then was called out on a third strike. He was ejected for arguing the called strike. Georgia reliever Jeffrey Carswell (4-3) earned the win after he registered a strikeout and fly out. Carswell pitched the final 3.0 innings, allowing three hits, one run and striking out three batters.

The loss spoiled a superb performance from Florida starter Keith Ramsey who pitched a career-high 8.1 innings. He allowed just two hits, three runs (two earned runs) and struck out four batters in 110 pitches. Ramsey retired his first nine batters faced and went 6 1/3 innings and 20 batters before yielding a seventh inning single to Adam Swann on a grounder between Mark Kiger (third base) and Jonathan Tucker (shortstop). Swann was just the second baserunner for the Bulldogs as Swann also drew a walk in the fourth inning.

Gator reliever Jamie Goldfarb (1-2) took the loss after pitching 0.1 inning. He allowed three hits and three runs (all unearned) before giving way to Kevin Coleman (0.1 IP).

"Keith’s performance was just outstanding," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "He really pitched well and competed. We didn’t defend the ball as well as we would’ve liked but you have to give Georgia a lot of credit. They hit the ball and came back on us."

Florida built its 4-0 lead with a run in the first, two in the third inning. It went up 3-0 as it took advantage of two Georgia errors to score two runs in the third. Aaron Davidson led off the inning with a single, Mark Kiger followed with a sacrifice bunt and jarred the ball loose from Georgia first baseman Justin McClain. Georgia second baseman Justin Holmes picked the ball up and attempted to throw out Davidson attempting to advance to third but the throw was high and Davidson scored on the play. Ryan Shealy followed with a RBI single and UF owned a 3-0 lead. The Gators scored their first run in the first inning on Ryan Shealy’s RBI fielder’s choice.

Florida made it 4-0 with a solo run in the eighth when Mark Kiger led off with a single, advanced to second on Aaron Sobieraj’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Matt Goss’ single to right field.

Florida’s offense finished with just eight hits. Mark Kiger led UF with two hits while Ryan Shealy drove in two RBI on the day.

Florida is next in action for a three-game weekend series at Mississippi State.

GAME NOTES

*The loss snaps Florida’s six-game win streak and six-game home win streak. The Gators have now won eight of their last 10 SEC games and nine of their last 11 games overall. The Gators have now swept Georgia three times in a row at McKethan Stadium.

*The loss ends Florida’s 10-game win streak against Georgia in games played at McKethan Stadium.

*Pat Osborn extended his hit streak to a team-leading 13 games.

*Florida’s three-day weekend attendance was 9,569. That ranks fifth all-time among three-game series attendance figures at Florida.

*With two sacrifice bunts in the game, Aaron Sobieraj now becomes UF’s all-time career sacrifice bunt leader. Sobieraj now has 22 career sacrifice bunts. He entered the weekend tied for the record with Mark Ellis (20).

*Prior to today’s game, Florida registered saves in its last six games.

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