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Sunday April 25, 1999Keene Gives UF Victory with Ninth-Inning Single

Gainesville, FL

Kurt Keene’s two-out single in the bottom of the ninth led the Florida baseball team to a comeback win over No. 20 South Carolina 5-4 Sunday in front of 2,057 at McKethan Stadium.

Florida, which scored six runs in the ninth Friday night, once again was able to get to the Gamecocks bullpen and closer Jason Pomar (2-2). Matt Siegel walked to lead off the ninth inning, and Matt Goss singled with one out to put runners on the corners.

Pinch-hitter David Klebonis grounded to second to drive in Siegel. Mark Ellis followed with a shot into the hole between third and shortstop that was knocked down by USC’s Brian Roberts. Goss rounded the bag at third too far, but Roberts’ throw was high allowing Goss to make it back safely. Matt Heath then walked to load the bases.

Greg Catalanotte, who won Saturday’s game with a three-run home run, drew a walk to drive in Goss. Keene ended the dramatic comeback with a drive off the wall in right field to score Ellis.

Florida (27-18, 9-12) began the game falling behind for the 13th straight Southeastern Conference game. Alex Hart retired only one batter before leaving with one run in and the bases loaded. Keith Brice allowed two more to score before getting out of the inning with Florida behind 3-0.

South Carolina (29-15, 12-9) added one more in the fourth on three straight two-out singles by Adam Poe, Trey Dyson, and Tim Angiolini. Starter Pete Bauer was in control through six, allowing only one hit and four baserunners.

Bauer tired in the seventh inning when he allowed a leadoff double to Peter Nystrom and a RBI single by Siegel. Pomar relieved Bauer and gave up a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Jason Dill before retiring Ellis to end the inning.

Ben Grezlovski (8-5) shined in relief for the second consecutive day. He pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings to keep the Gators within striking distance. Grezlovski allowed only three hits in 7 1/3 innings in the series and has not allowed a run in his last 12 1/3 innings.

UF pitchers walked nine on the day but were helped by excellent defense behind them. Florida did not commit an error for only the ninth time this season. The Gators also turned a double play and threw out USC’s Dyson twice at the plate to end innings. Catalanotte nailed Dyson to end a Gamecocks’ threat in the top of the ninth and ignite the bottom of the ninth rally.

Florida used its sixth last at bat win to climb within three games of South Carolina and remain in second place ahead of Kentucky in the SEC’s Eastern Division. The Gators have now won three of four SEC games after losing nine straight.

Florida is off for the next week as final exams wrap up on campus. The Gators travel to Nashville, Tenn., to face Eastern Division foe Vanderbilt in a three-game series next weekend.

South Carolina 300 100 000 - 4 9 1
Florida        000 000 203       - 5 8 0

Bauer, Pomar (7) and Whittaker. Hart, Brice (1), Grezlovski (6) and Heath. W – Grezlovski (8-5). Pomar (2-2). HR: South Carolina, None, Florida, None. T – 3:02. A –2057.

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