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Sunday April 18, 1999Gators End SEC Losing Streak with 10-3 Win

Gainesville, FL

The Florida baseball team snapped a nine-game Southeastern Conference losing streak Sunday by beating Kentucky 10-3 before a McKethan Stadium crowd of 1,591.

The Gators (24-17, 7-11) received a strong pitching performance from Keith Brice in relief. Brice (6-3) relieved starter Alex Hart in the first inning with the Wildcats leading 3-0. Brice pitched 5 2/3 innings without allowing a run.

Brice’s pitching allowed Florida’s bats time to wake up. UF rallied in the third to take the lead on a solo home run by Ryan Shealy and a three-run round tripper by Greg Catalanotte. Eight different players had hits on the day as Florida pounded out 12 hits after getting just nine in the previous two losses to Kentucky (15-22, 6-12).

The Wildcats looked to tie the score in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Breck Price, a stolen base, and a single to center by Jason Wolfe. Price tried to score from second but Catalanotte nailed him at home, his seventh outfield assist of the season. UF’s Tony Socarras left the game after the collision at the plate with Price because of sprained right ankle.

Florida stretched their lead in the fifth inning on Peter Nystrom’s RBI double, which chased UK starter Brandon Webb (2-4). Jason Chaney entered and allowed a run on a wild pitch.

Florida put the game away with two runs in the sixth and one in both the seventh and eighth innings. Nystrom, Mark Ellis, and Kurt Keene each had two hits on the day. Ellis, who is Florida’s all-time leader in career hits, now has 295 tying him for eighth most in SEC history.

The win ended Florida’s longest SEC losing streak ever in one season. The Gators also snapped a five-game skid at home. Florida plays Stetson on Wednesday at McKethan Stadium at 7 p.m.

Kentucky 300 000 000 - 3 9 1
Florida 004 022 11x - 10 12 0

Webb, Chaney (5), Paxton (6), Henry (7) and Wolfe, Wilson (6). Hart, Brice (2), Grezlovski (7) and Socarras, Johannes (4). W – Brice 6-3. L – Webb 2-4. S – None. HR: Kentucky, None. Florida, Shealy (5), Catalanotte (13). T – 2:57. A – 1,591.

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