Baseball Falls at No. 6 Florida, 15-3
March 19, 2002
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Sixth-ranked Florida scored four or more runs in three different innings to post a 15-3 win over the University of Massachusetts baseball team here on Tuesday evening. With the loss, UMass falls to 5-5. The Gators improve to 19-3 with the win.
Florida scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to blow the door open against UMass starter Scott Ratliff (Helendale, Calif.). The Gators, who have now scored 10 or more runs in 17 of 22 games this season, benefited from three walks and a three-run blast by Pat Osborn in the fifth.
With the loss, Ratliff's record in evened at 1-1, while Florida starter Matt Foster picked up the win in his first appearance of the year.
After retiring UMass in order in the first, Florida jumped on the Minutemen early, scring four runs in the bottom of the frame. The Gators scored runs on a bases-loaded hit batsman followed by a wild-pitch, then scored a pair of runs as a Mike Kulak (Bristol, Conn.) throw got away from the centerfielder and escaped to the UMass dugout.
The Minutemen answered with a run in the top of the second, as sophomore second baseman Adam Stojanowski (West Roxbury) singled through the left side, scoring junior catcher Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.).
After UMass scored a run in the top of the seventh, Florida sealed the game with four runs in the bottom of the frame. The Minutemen also added a run in the top of the ninth.
UMass returns to action on Wednesday, when they continue play at the IMG Baseball Academy Collegiate Challenge as they take on Illinois at 2:30 p.m.
Line Score Florida 15, UMass 3 UMass (5-5) 010 000 101 - 3 5 3 Florida (19-3) 401 060 40X - 15 11 2
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