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Saturday May 3, 2003Baseball Can't Muster Enough Offense in 7-2 Loss

Gainesville, FL

The Florida baseball team (31-14-1, 10-11-1 SEC) dropped the first game of a doubleheader and game one in a three-game set with Auburn (33-13, 14-8 SEC) Saturday afternoon in Auburn. The Gators could muster just five hits off a pair of Auburn pitchers.

The Tigers jumped all over the Gators in the first as the first five batters reached base and forced head coach Pat McMahon to make a pitching change. After a pair of singles, Tug Hulett was hit by a pitch which loaded the bases. Bobby Huddleston then hit bases clearing three RBI double down the left field line. A double by Karl Amonite scored Huddleston and put Auburn ahead 4-0. The next three Tiger hitters were then retired which ended the threat.

Mike Pete came on in relief in the first for starter Bryan Ball who the loss to fall to 4-2. Pete would pitch the final 7.2 innings and give up eight hits and three runs while tying a career high with six strikeouts.

After just a single hit in the first three innings, the Gators would cut the deficit in half in the fourth. Ben Harrison led off the inning with a single to left. Two batters later C.J. Smith took a Arnold Hughey offering and hit over the left center field wall for his 15th homer of the season.

Auburn added runs in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth Sean Gamble singled home Clete Thomas who earlier had singled and was sacrificed to second. Huddleston and Amonite hit back-to-back solo homers in the seventh for a Tiger five-run advantage.

Hughey earned the win to run his record to 5-4 as he went 7.2 innings and gave up five hits and two runs with no walks and seven strikeouts. Steven Register pitched the final 1.1 innings and walked just a single hitter with a strikeout.

Five different Florida hitters had base hits for the Gators, while Huddleston drove in four while going 2-for-4 for Auburn. Javon Moran also had three hits for the Tigers including a triple.

The two teams will play game two Saturday evening starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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