Saturday May 18, 2002Baseball Wins Game Two Against Kentucky 18-6
Florida hit a season-high tying six home runs and registered an eight-run fourth inning to win game two of its doubleheader 18-6 over Kentucky Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The victory improves Florida to 39-15 overall and 19-10 in the SEC. Kentucky drops to 17-35 overall and 6-23 overall. Game three of the three-game series is Sunday at 1 p.m.
Florida hit six home runs on the day. Aaron Davidson led the Gators with a career-high tying two homers and Ben Harrison, Brian Rose, Mario Garza and Jeff Corsaletti hit one apiece.
Florida erupted for eight runs in the fourth inning for an 11-1 lead. Brian Rose led off the inning with a single to left field followed by Ben Harrison’s two-run homer. After two outs, Pat Osborn doubled and Matt Goss drove Osborn home on a double to right center. Ryan Shealy followed with a RBI single, Mario Garza reached base on an error an Aaron Sobieraj drove two home on a triple to left center field. Rose, at bat for the second time in the inning, blasted a two-run homer to close out the scoring.
The Gators went up 2-0 in the first on Davidson’s first homer to right center field (solo shot) and Mario Garza’s RBI single. Kentucky made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning on Brad Pickrell’s solo homer. But the Gators added a run in the third when Pat Osborn was hit by pitch and scored on Ryan Shealy’s RBI double. The Gators rallied for eight runs in the fourth.
Davidson led the Gators with his two homer contest. He hit a combined three home runs in the doubleheader and finished the second game 3-6 with three RBI. Mario Garza drove in four RBI and went 2-6 with two runs scored. He launched a shot over the right field fence for a three-RBI homer in the fifth inning. Ben Harrison contributed three hits in a 3-6, two RBI game while Ryan Shealy, Brian Rose each contributed two hits apiece. Pat Osborn extended his hit streak to 22 games as he went 2-4.
Florida starter Keith Ramsey (7-3) earned the win on the mound. He threw 6.0 innings and gave up five hits, four runs (four earned) and struck out six batters. Jimmy Ramshaw (2.0 IP) and Connor Falkenbach (1.0 IP) combined for the last three innings pitched.
Kentucky starter Rob Corrado (1-4) took the loss after giving up 12 hits, 13 runs (eight earned).