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Sunday May 11, 2003Baseball Drops Game Three 4-2

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida baseball team (32-18-1, 11-15-1 SEC) dropped the third and final game of a SEC series against Ole Miss on Sunday. The Gators produced six hits and had the bases loaded twice but could come away with just two runs in the eighth inning.

Both starting pitchers worked through the first three innings without allowing a run. The Gators loaded the bases in the second with no outs against Ole Miss starter Mark Holliman. Brian Rose led off the inning with a single and after a walk and hit by pitch the table was set for the Gators. Holliman worked out of the jam as he struck out a batter and got a double play lineout off the bat of Jeff Corsaletti.

Ole Miss knocked Florida starter Mike Pete out of the game in the fourth as the Rebels scored twice in the inning. Jonathan Swearingen walked and later came home on a fielder’s choice groundout from Chad Sterbens. A single by Stephen Head put two more Rebel runners aboard for Charlie Waite who drove home Sterbens with a shot off the left field fence.

Pete would go 3.1 innings and give up three hits and two runs with two walks and a strikeout. He took the loss to drop his record to 3-2 on the season.

The Rebels added the third and winning run in the seventh after a single by Matt Mossberg. Mossberg was sacrificed to second and came home on a triple by Matt Tolbert.

A two-run eighth inning for the Gators put UF in position to tie the game. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single by Stephen Barton. Jonathan Tucker led off the eighth reaching on a throwing error. Walks to Ben Harrison and Brian Rose loaded the bases with one out. After a strikeout by reliever Stephan Head, Barton took a 2-2 and drove into right field.

A solo homer by Head in the eighth gave the Rebels some breathing room. Head would finish 2-for-4 and also picked up the save.

Holliman earned the win for the Rebels as he went 7.0 innings and gave up four hits and one run with four walks and six strikeouts.

Rose reached in all four plate appearances for the Gators as he went 2-for-2 and also drew two walks. Jeff Corsaletti also had two hits including a double for Florida.

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