Florida sweeps MSU

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Keith Ramsey pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout Sunday as No. 10 Florida (35-13, 16-8 SEC) completed a weekend series sweep with a 4-0 win over Mississippi State (27-19, 11-12 SEC). The Gators pulled to within a half-game of SEC East leader South Carolina while the Bulldogs, strapped with their fourth consecutive league loss, slipped to fifth in the SEC West.

Ramsey (6-2) worked into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Chad Henry lined a single up the middle and both Jason Burkley and Matthew Brinson drew two-out walks. But Ramsey got Enrico Jones to ground out to shortstop. Backed by a pair of Gator double plays and an error-free defense, the senior lefty earned his first career complete-game without allowing another hit. He faced the minimum over the next seven innings, issued his fifth and sixth walks of the game in the ninth inning, and earned the win when Burkley grounded into a game-ending double play.

The gem by Ramsey overshadowed a stellar pitching performance by Bulldog junior starter Joey Collums (3-5). Collums faced three batters in four of his five-plus-innings on the mound, yielding but three hits against the nation's second-ranked offense. One of those hits was a Pat Osborn single to left field. The ball skipped past Bulldog outfielder Michael Brown, allowing Aaron Davidson to score from second base. Osborn then scored on an infield groundout by Ryan Shealy.

Collums registered his sixth and seventh strikeouts of the game to end the fifth inning, then gave up a single to Mark Kiger and a two-out run-scoring double to right by Osborn. It was just the second extra-base hit on the weekend for Florida.

Chris Young replaced Collums in the sixth inning, striking out two and retiring all seven batters he faced during 2-1/3 innings of scoreless relief work. Jonathan Papelbon followed Young on the hill in the ninth and struck out the first two batters he faced. But Shealy singled, went to second on a balk, and scored on a Matt Goss single to right.

Osborn paced Florida at the plate with a pair of hits. Bulldog pitching allowed five hits, two walks and registered 10 strikeouts. The Bulldogs were held to their lowest hit total of the year and failed to score in a game for just the second time this season.

State plays host to Mississippi Valley State Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before resuming SEC competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala., against the SEC-leading Crimson Tide.

UF 000 201 001 - 4-5-0
MSU 000 000 000 - 0-1-1
WP - Keith Ramsey (6-2). LP - Joey Collums (3-5). T - 2:24. ATT - 6,388 (paid), 3074 (actual).

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