Feb. 24, 2001
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Matt Goss’ 10th inning single scored Ben Harrison and gave No. 20 Florida a 3-2 victory over No. 13 Florida State Saturday before a season-high 4,012 fans at McKethan Stadium. With the victory, Florida improved to 5-6 overall while Florida State dropped to 3-5.
Harrison led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk. After Harrison stole second, Goss came through with the game-winning single. Harrison was able to score from second after the throw took a wild bounce of the pitcher’s rubber.
Florida starter Joey Simon pitched a career-high 8.2 innings, giving up only 3 hits and one earned run. Simon’s outing was the longest for a Gator pitcher all season. Reliever Keith Ramsey (1-1) pitched the final 1.1 innings to earn the victory. He allowed only one hit and no runs.
Florida State jumped on top 1-0 in the first on a Ryan Barthelemy home run down the right field line, his first of the season.
The Gators then tied up the game in the bottom of the fifth when Matt Goss scored on catcher Brian Rose’s double down the left field line.
Florida took its first lead in the seventh on Matt Siegel’s RBI-single, which scored Kevin Estrada.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Blair McCaleb reached base on a throwing error and advanced to second. Tony Richie then hit a ground ball to second that forced UF’s second error and allowed pinch runner Jeff Probst to score on the play to tie the game at 2-2.
Florida State reliever Eric Roman (1-1) took the loss going 1.1 innings of relief giving up the winning run in the tenth. Seminole starter Blair Varnes pitched 6.1 innings allowing only one earned run.
Florida’s back-to-back wins marked the first time UF had won back-to-back games against Florida State since the College World Series in 1996.
The two teams are back in action Sunday at McKethan Stadium. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. with FSU LHP Matt Lynch (0-1) scheduled to face UF LHP Robbie Wells (0-0, 4.32 ERA)