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Wednesday May 22, 2002Baseball Defeats Georgia 7-2 in First Round

Hoover, AL

Jimmy Ramshaw pitched a career-high 9.0-inning complete game and Ben Harrison’s three-run home run gave No. 11/11/14 Florida a 7-2 victory Wednesday in the SEC Baseball Tournament’s First Round at Hoover-Metropolitan Stadium. With the win, No. 3 seed Florida (41-15) advances to play the winner of the No. 2 Alabama-No. 7 Mississippi State matchup at 6 p.m. ET Thursday. The Alabama-Mississippi State game began at 1 p.m. this afternoon. The game will be televised live on Comcast Sports but will not be televised locally.

Ramshaw (5-3) pitched the full nine innings, struck out seven batters and allowed five hits, two runs (one earned). His previous career-high was 8.0 innings pitched. Ramshaw has now pitched at least 5.0+ innings in 10 of his 13 starts this season. After allowing two runs in the third inning, he allowed just two hits and five baserunners and retired five of his 22 final batters faced. He also got out of trouble in the fifth inning, ending the frame with a strikeout of Justin Holmes.

"Jimmy pitched his heart out today," Florida coach Pat McMahon said. "He utilized all his pitches and pitched to both sides of the plate. In the ninth inning, he wanted the ball and wanted to complete the ball game. It was fun to watch."

"I was just trying to throw the ball in the strike zone and let my guys do the work behind me," said Ramshaw. "I was fortunate that it worked."

After trailing 2-0, Ben Harrison gave Florida a 3-2 fourth inning lead when he blasted a three-run home run to straightaway centerfield. Pat Osborn and Ryan Shealy both reached on consecutive singles and Harrison followed with his seventh homer of the season. It was Harrison’s second home run in three games.

"Ben’s homer was crucial for us to get back in the ball game," McMahon said. "Then we expanded our lead late."

The Gators added a run in the seventh when Aaron Davidson reached base on an error and advanced to third on another Georgia error. Davidson scored when Jeffrey Carswell’s pitch bounced past Georgia catcher Clint Sammons to the backstop. UF went up 7-2 as it took advantage of a Georgia error and two hits in the eighth. Aaron Davidson, Brian Rose both contributed RBI singles.

Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when it used an errant throw and Justin Holmes’ ground ball RBI to score. Jon Armitage led off with a single to center field. After Armitage advanced to second on a balk, he scored when UF’s pitcher Jimmy Ramshaw’s errant throw while attempting to retire Darryl Blaze at first base. Chaz Lytle’s infield single advanced Blaze to third base and Justin Holmes’ 6-3 ground out scored Blaze for Georgia’s second run. That was the end of the Bulldogs’ scoring.

Florida managed just six hits on the day as it capitalized on four Georgia errors. Harrison led the Gators at the plate with a 1-3 day. He also scored two runs.

Florida has defeated Georgia in four of its last five meetings. Florida has won four straight games and 15 of its last 18 contests.

GAME NOTES

*Florida has defeated Georgia in four of its last five meetings.

*Florida has won four straight games and 15 of its last 18 contests.

*Ben Harrison hit his second home run in the last three games.

*Jimmy Ramshaw pitched a career-high 9.0 innings today. His previous career-high was 8.0 innings pitched four different times. Ramshaw has pitched at least 5.0+ innings in 10 of his 13 starts this season.

*Pat Osborn has registered at least one hit in 23 of the last 24 games.

*UF catcher Brian Rose has started 118 consecutive games.

*Mark Kiger’s hit streak ended at 16-games.

*UF head coach Pat McMahon has now won three straight SEC Tournament games after leading MSU to the 2001 title.

*Florida is making its SEC-leading 25th SEC Tournament appearance. The Gators have appeared in 14 of the 15 SEC Tournaments (1999 was the only year during that time period that UF did not appear).

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