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Lee Roberson went 2-for-4 and hit the first home run of his career.

Saturday April 26, 2003Baseball Drops Game Two 6-5 To Mississippi State

Gainesville, FL

Lee Roberson went 2-for-4 and hit the first home run of his career.

With 11 combined runs in the fourth inning the University of Florida baseball team (30-13-1, 9-10-1 SEC) came out on the short of a 6-5 affair against No. 12 Mississippi State at McKethan Stadium Saturday afternoon. Florida won game one 13-5 as they pounded out 14 hits. The final game of the series will take place Sunday at 1 p.m.

The two teams would score all their runs in the fourth as they combined for 11 hits and 11 runs. Florida would threaten in the sixth as they put runners on first and second with no outs against Jamie Gant. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners ahead a base, Gant would get the final two outs on a strikeout and a groundout.

After three scoreless innings both teams flexed their muscles in the fourth as the Bulldogs scored six runs and Florida scored five. Both starting pitchers would be removed in the inning as Gator starter Tommy Boss went 3.1 innings and gave up six hits and five runs with a walk and three strikeouts. Bulldog starter Alan Johnson went 3.2 innings and gave up five hits and five runs with two walks and one strikeout.

After an out the number three hitter Steve Gendron started a string of five consecutive singles for Mississippi State. Robby Goodson and J.B. Tucker had RBI singles before the big blow of the inning. Boss was then lifted after the five straight hits in favor of Mike Pete. Pete came on and gave up a grand slam to the Bulldogs Jon Mungle which gave Mississippi State a commanding 6-0 lead.

Florida stormed back in the bottom of the innings with five runs. After two quick outs and no runners aboard, the Gators would score five runs off six hits. Lee Roberson started the rally with his first-career homerun, a solo shot to left. Singles by Brian Rose and Mario Garza put two Gators in scoring position before Matt Graziano and Justin Tordi both brought in runs off singles. Ben Harrison walked, making him the sixth straight Gator to reach base. Jeff Corsaletti provided another big knock as he brought the game within one with a two-RBI single to center.

Gant would earn the win for the Bulldogs as he pitched 3.1 innings and gave up four hits and no runs with two walks and four strikeouts. Jonathan Papelbon earned his sixth save as pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts. At the plate for the Bulldogs, Brad Corley and Jeff Butts each had a pair of singles.

Boss took the loss for the Gators while Pete pitched 3.2 innings and have up three hits with a pair of strikeouts. Connor Falkenbach would also see action as he held Mississippi State in check with two innings of work. Three Florida players had two hits while Corsaletti drove in a pair of runs.

 

NOTES

  • The Roberson home run in the fourth was the first of his career in a Gator uniform.
  • Brett Dowdy had his 43-game on-base streak as he went 0-for-5.
  • The Gators had back-to-back errorless games for the first time since February 25 and March 1, 2003.
  • Florida has hit a home run in six of their last seven games.

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