Ninth Inning Hit Lifts Alabama Over Baseball 6-5

A ninth inning bases loaded single by Travis Garner broke a 5-5 tie and gave No. 11/9/5 Alabama a 6-5 baseball victory Sunday against No. 6/5/7 Florida before 5,201 at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The loss drops Florida to 24-10 overall and 6-6 in the SEC. Alabama improves to 28-5 overall and 9-3 in the SEC.

Alabama completed the weekend sweep against Florida and has now won 25 consecutive home games. In addition, Alabama has now defeated Florida in 11 straight contests.

With the bases loaded and 1-0, Garner drove a single off UF reliever Kevin Coleman and past a diving Mark Kiger for the game winning RBI. Three straight Alabama singles from Beau Hearod, Brent Boyd and Allen Rice loaded the bases for Garner's game winning hit.

Florida trailed 5-2 in the game but battled back with three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Down 5-2 and with two outs, Florida rallied when Pat Osborn singled to center field followed by a walk to Mark Kiger. After Kiger's walk, UA starter Shane Sanders was replaced by Taylor Tankersley. On the next at bat, pinch hitter David Klebonis drove a 1-0 pitch into right field for a double which drove home Osborn from second base. Aaron Sobieraj followed with a two-RBI single to center field to tie the ball game. Ryan Shealy then followed with a single of his own but Tankersley finally got out of the inning on a ground out.

Alabama broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the seventh inning. Zac Welch led off with a single down the left field line and was replaced by pinch runner John Marshall. UF starter Keith Ramsey was replaced by reliever Jamie Goldfarb. After Goldfarb struck out Scott McClanahan attempting to move Marshall to second, Adam Pavkovich singled to center field. Pavkovich was then thrown out at second on Peter Stonard's fielder's choice ground ball. With runners at first and third, Marshall scored when Goldfarb overthrew Pat Osborn attempting to Marshall off at third base. After Jeremy Brown was intentionally walked, Beau Hearod's single drove in Peter Stonard from second base for the inning's second run.

Florida's Ryan Shealy made it 3-2 with a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning. Shealy nailed a 1-2 pitch over the fence in left field for his 13th homer of the season.

But Alabama went up 5-2 and supposedly put the game away in the eighth inning on Spencer Pennington's two-run home run. UF followed with its three-run ninth to tie the game.

Florida went on top 1-0 in the second inning on a Brian Rose sacrifice fly. Aaron Davidson walked, was safe on a failed pickoff attempt and error), advanced to third on Jeff Corsaletti's single to right field and scored on Rose's sacrifice fly.

Alabama tied it at 1-1 with a run in the fourth inning. Jeremy Brown walked and Beau Hearod doubled down the left field line. Brent Boyd reached base on a fielder's choice but Brown was thrown out at home. Allen Rice followed with a single to shallow right field to load the bases and Travis Garner hit a ground ball to UF third baseman Pat Osborn. Osborn fielded the ball cleanly and threw home in time to get Hearod running from third base. UF catcher dropped the throw for an error and UA run.

Florida reliever Kevin Coleman (0-2) suffered the loss. He went the final 0.1 innings and gave up four hits and one run. Florida starter Keith Ramsey pitched 6.0 innings and allowed seven hits, two runs (one earned). He struck out three batters in 110 pitches.

Tankersley earned the win and improved to 5-2 on the season.

Florida is back in action Tuesday at home against Stetson at 6:30 p.m.


*Florida starter Keith Ramsey has pitched at least 5.0+ innings in seven of eight starts on the season. He has pitched at least 6.0+ innings in each of his last four starts.

*Mark Kiger committed his first error at shortstop in 12 games and 58 consecutive attempts. It was on a ground ball attempt in the bottom of the first inning.

*David Klebonis registered his second pinch hit of the season on a two-out double to right field in the top of the ninth inning. He is 8-18 in his career as a pinch hitter.

*Alabama has now won 11 consecutive contests against Florida.

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