Complete Game Gives Baseball 5-0 Win Over MSU

Keith Ramsey pitched his second career 9.0-inning complete game shutout against Mississippi State in leading the Gators to a 5-0 victory over the Bulldogs Friday at Hoover-Metropolitan Stadium. Florida (42-16) advances to play Alabama at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday.

The game will be televised live on Sunshine Network. Florida must defeat Alabama two times to get to the SEC Championship Game. Should the Gators win the first game against Alabama, the second game will be played at 6 p.m. ET. The SEC Championship game is Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Ramsey (8-3) scattered six hits, allowed no runs and struck out seven Bulldogs in pitching the second complete game of his career. He threw 122 pitches and allowed just eight baserunners all day. Mississippi State threatened in the sixth inning when leadoff hitter Jon Mungle hit a shot over UF centerfielder Matt Goss' head that bounced off the top of the fence for a triple. Ramsey held Mungle at third base on two straight ground ball outs, and after walking Matthew Brinson struck out Steve Gendron. In the ninth, MSU put runners at first and second base on two singles but Ramsey got a fly out to end the game.

Coupled with his 9.0-inning, one-hit, complete game shutout against Mississippi State on May 5, Ramsey has now pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings vs. Bulldogs. In his career against Mississippi State, Ramsey owns a 3-0 record, 0.00 ERA, has struck out 11 and allowed just seven hits in 20.2 innings pitched.

"Keith Ramsey is a competitor," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "He was in jams all day long and he battled out time after time. He gave us nine innings without having to go to the pen. We'll be playing for our fourth straight day tomorrow and we didn't have to use four guys like Thursday. He gave us a big lift."

Florida has now thrown two complete games in the 2002 SEC Tournament (Jimmy Ramshaw threw 9.0 innings in Wednesday's 7-2 win over Georgia). It marks the first time since 1984 that UF has thrown two complete games in an SEC Tourney. The last time UF registered a shutout in the SEC Tournament was in 1992 (2-0 victory over Auburn).

Florida took a 1-0 lead when Aaron Sobieraj looped a RBI single into right field which scored Ryan Shealy from second base. Shealy reached base on a single and went to second on a throwing error on Ben Harrison's ground ball.

Florida went up 4-0 with three more runs in the eighth inning. Aaron Davidson reached first when he was hit by pitch, stole second and Mark Kiger followed with a line drive single off MSU pitcher Chris Young. After attempting to lay down a bunt, Pat Osborn drove a 0-2 pitch off the second baseman's glove to load the bases. With the bases loaded and one out, Ryan Shealy drove home both Davidson and Kiger on a single to left field. Osborn advanced to third on Mario Garza's fly ball to left field and Ben Harrison drove him home on a single to left center field. UF added its fifth run in the eighth when Mark Kiger scored from first on Pat Osborn's single up the middle. Kiger was running on the play and continued all the way to score.

Ryan Shealy (3-5, two RBI) and Mark Kiger (3-5, 2 runs) each led Florida with three hits apiece. Pat Osborn went 2-5 with a RBI.

Mississippi State starter Chris Young (5-2) suffered the loss after pitching 7.0 innings and allowing seven hits, four runs (three earned) and striking out two Gators. The Bulldogs are eliminated from SEC Tournament play.


*Keith Ramsey's statistics this against Mississippi State in his career: 3-0 record, 0.00 ERA, seven hits, 0 runs (0 ER), 6 bases on balls, 11 strikeouts in 20.2 career innings pitched. Ramsey threw a one-hit 9.0-inning complete game shutout vs. Mississippi State on May 5. His stats vs. MSU this year: 2-0, 0.00 ERA.

*Florida has held Mississippi State scoreless over 18 consecutive innings while Keith Ramsey has pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings vs. MSU this season.

*The last time Florida shutout an SEC Tournament opponent was in 1992 (2-0 vs. Auburn).

*Jimmy Ramshaw and Keith Ramsey have both thrown complete games in the SEC Tournament. The last time two UF pitchers threw complete games in a SEC Tournament was in 1984 (Jeff Fischer and Russ Kibler).

*Florida registered its third shutout of the season and second against Mississippi State.

*Florida has now won seven straight games including all four contests this season vs. Mississippi State.

*Florida has now won 15 of its last 20 contests.

*Florida registered 10+ hits for the 40th time in 58 games this year. That ranks sixth all-time in UF history for most 10+ hit games.

*With three hits today, Mark Kiger now has 30-multiple hit games this season.

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