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Saturday May 18, 2002Baseball Defeats Kentucky in Game One 14-4

Lexington, Ky.

No. 11/12/14 Florida used a 17-hit offensive attack to defeat Kentucky 14-4 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game was the first of a Saturday doubleheader after Friday’s game was raine out.

Florida starter Alex Hart (13-1) won his SEC-leading 13th game of the year. He threw 5.2 innings and allowed four hits, three earned runs and struck out eight batters. He also walked seven of his 28 batters faced. Reliever David Bartelt threw the final 3.1 innings for his second save of the year. Bartelt allowed four hits, one run and struck out two batters.

The Gator offense finished the contest with 17 hits, two home runs and six doubles.

Florida took its first lead in the first inning when it scored three runs with two outs. Pat Osborn started the rally with a single past the shorstop and scored on Matt Goss’ bloop RBI double to right field. Ryan Shealy followed with his 20th home run of the season when he drove a 3-1 pitch over the fence in left center field. Florida went up 4-1 on consecutive doubles by Aaron Sobieraj and Brian Rose (RBI). UF went up 5-1 on Ryan Shealy’s sacrifice fly in the third inning.

Kentucky made it 5-2 on Mike Ferris’ solo home run to right field in the fourth inning. The Wildcats pulled to within 5-3 when Davis was hit by pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. UF reliever David Bartelt got the Gators out of the inning when he got Brad Pickrell to pop up.

Florida’s Aaron Davidson put the game out of reach at 8-3 when launched a three-run home run over the left field fence. Davidson’s shot came with two outs and runner at first and second bases after Ben Harrison (double) and Mark Kiger (walk) reached base.

The Gators added six insurance runs in the ninth to put the game away. Davidson, Shealy and Osborn each finished the afternoon with three hits apiece.

Kentucky starter Cory Hahn (3-8) took the loss after throwing the first 2.2 innings. He allowed eight hits, five runs (five earned).

GAME NOTES

*Ryan Shealy hit his 20th home run of the season. He needs four more home runs to break the school record of 23 set by Brad Wilkerson two times (1997, 1998). It was the 36th homer of his career which pulls him into a tie for second on the all-time UF career home run list. Mario Linares and Mark Ellis also hit 36 in their careers. The home run was Shealy’s first in nine games, 32 at bats and 38 plate appearances.

*Alex Hart won his SEC-leading 13th game. He now ranks tied for second on UF’s all-time season victories list with Marc Valdes (13 in 1991). Jeff Gidcumb owns the record when he won 16 games in 1988. Hart has now pitched at least 5.0+ innings in each of his 15 starts. Hart also went over 100+ innings pitched on the season.

*With a first inning single, Pat Osborn extended his team-leading hit streak to 21 games.

*Mark Kiger tied the season sacrifice bunts record with his 10th sac bunt in the fourth inning.

*The last time Florida played two games in one day was at last year’s Miami.

*Florida was breaking in new bats for the weekend.

*The last time Florida won two games in the same day was during the 2000 NCAA Regional in Waco, Texas.

*With a sweep this weekend, Florida would finish its regular season with 40 wins in just the seventh time in school history. The six seasons in which Florida won 40+ games include 41 in 1984, 1991, 1996, 1998 and 40 in both 1992 and 1984. Florida won at least 40 regular season games Forty-one wins is UF’s school record for most regular season victories.

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