The Florida baseball team (44-17) opened NCAA Regional play with a 13-1
win over Bethune-Cookman (38-21) in the night cap at McKethan Stadium.
Florida advances to play defending national champion Miami at
approximately 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Florida's Ryan Shealy opened the scoring in the first inning with his RBI
single into shallow right field to score Pat Osborn from second. The
Gators added a run in the second. A Mark Kiger single loaded the bases
with one out. The Wildcats were able to hold off a Florida run momentarily
as Aaron Davison was safe on the fielder's choice and Brian Rose was
thrown out at the plate. Osborn drew the bases loaded walk to score Matt
Goss for the 2-0 lead.
Jose Vasquez brought the Florida lead to only one with his lead off home
run in the bottom of the fourth. He grabbed the first pitch offered him by
Florida pitcher Keith Ramsey and took it over the centerfield fence.
The bases were loaded after an error and two consecutive walks with only
one out when designated hitter Matt Maley stepped up to the plate. In his
first start of the season, Maley drove a grand slam, the Gators' fourth of
the year, out of the park to lift Florida to a 6-1 lead.
Travis Johnson came in to replace Bethune-Cookman starter Carlos Motes de
Oca in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Osborn drove a line drive to the pitcher that went off Johnson's glove and
into left field. The hit allowed Mark Kiger and Aaron Davidson to score
and gave Florida a 8-1 lead in the bottom of the fith with only one out.
The Gators added to the lead as Osborn crossed the plate on a bases loaded
walk to David Kelbonis. Rose hit a RBI single to score Shealy, but Ben
Harrison was thrown out at the plate to end the inning with the Gators
Florida added three more runs in the seventh. Osborn led off with a double
and scored on on the second consecutive double of the inning. This one by
Ryan Shealy. Shealy scored on Ben Harrison's RBI single. Jeff Corsaletti
hit a sacrifice fly deep into right field to score Harrison for the 13-1
Florida pitcher Keith Ramsey left the game in the top of the eighth. He
was replaced by Tommy Boss. Ramsey gave up only one earned run on five
hits and struck out eight with only three walks in seven innings of
Bethune-Cookman got two runners on in the top of the ninth, but the Gators
turned the double play to end the game.
Ramsey earned the win for Florida. His record moves to 9-3 on the season.
The Wildcats starting pitcher, Montes. Was credited with the loss, moving
his record to 10-3.
The Wildcats will play Florida International at 12 p.m. Saturday in the
first game of the day. Florida's game is scheduled to start 40 miuntes after the end of the first game. Game officials are estimating a 3:30 p.m. first pitch time, but it could change depending on how quickly the first game is played.