Florida defeats Mississippi State 5-0

Mississippi State faced Florida in the SEC Tournament Friday afternoon with the hopes of not only advancing in the SEC Tournament but also of helping their chance of receiving an NCAA Regional bid. However, Florida may have dashed those NCAA hopes behind the six-hit pitching of left-handed starting pitcher Keith Ramsey, who defeated Mississippi State, 5-0. Mississippi State now waits to see if their 34-24-1 record is good enough to earn them a place in the NCAA Regionals.

"It is going to be tough (to get into an NCAA Regional)," said MSU pitching coach Daron Schoenrock. "We are going to have to hope some high seeds win their tournaments. We really feel like a win today would have solified our chances."

Keith Ramsey, who one-hit the Bulldogs earlier this season, had now thrown two complete-game performances - both shutouts - against MSU this season.

"He has owned us for 18 innings, now," said MSU pitching coach Daron Schoenrock. "He made some good pitches but we didn't execute today."

Florida scored the first run of the game in the 2nd innning when Sobieraj singled to rightfield to knock in Shealy. Shealy had a bunt single to start off the inning. He advanced to second on another infield single.

Mississippi State looked like they would get the run back when Steve Gendron led off the bottom of the 2nd inning with a double. However, after Robby Goodson advanced him to third on a groundout to second base, the next two batters popped up and struck out to leave Gendron stranded at third.

Neither team threaten again until the top of the 5th inning when the Gators got a runner to second base after Davidson singled through the middle of the infield then advanced on a balk by Young. Kiger lined out to second base stranding Davidson.

In the 6th, Mississippi State missed a golden opportunity when Jon Mungle led off the inning with a triple off the top of the centerfield wall. Ramsey, who baffled the Bulldogs batters all game long, got the next two batters to hit groundouts, neither one deep enough to score Mungle from third. After walking Brinson, he struck out Gendron on three pitches to end the threat.

Florida, in the 8th inning, led off with Davidson earning a trip to first base on a controversial hit by pitch call by the plate umpire. Davidson then stole second base. The next batter, Kiger, lined a ball off Chris Young for an infield single. Osborn then singled off the top of the glove of Chad Henry to load the bases. Coach Polk replaced Young with bullpen closer Jonathan Papelbon. Goss popped up for the first out. However, Shealy singled through a drawn in infield to knock in two runs to give the Gators a 3-0 lead. Florida scored another run when Harrison singled to centerfield.

Florida added another run in the top of the 9th inning to conclude the scoring for the Gators.

Mississippi State threaten with two outs and two on in the bottom of the 9th inning, but Brent Lewis lined out to rightfield to end the contest.

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