By DEBI JONES
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 4, 2001
GAINESVILLE -- The streak finally ended.
The Florida baseball team could not keep its season-opening streak intact -- 10 straight wins against Miami at home. The Gators lost the first of a two-game series 14-5 to the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon.
It ends a string of 20 wins by the home team in the series.
"Shoot, I can't remember the last time we won here, it's been so dadgum long," Miami coach Jim Morris said. "I feel good about the way our team played, in particular our pitching. We have gotten some leads in past years but haven't been able to hold on to them. I didn't have gray hair the last time we won here. I can't really remember it."
That would be 1995. After a scoreless first inning, a three-run home run by Mike DiRosa helped the Hurricanes open a 4-0 lead in the second. UF's Joey Simon, the losing pitcher, allowed two more runs and was taken out in the fourth.
Designated hitter Ryan Shealy drove in Pat Osborn with UF's first run in the fourth. Singles by Ben Harrison and Kevin Estrada cut the lead to 6-4, but that was as close as Florida would get. "'We were down a couple of runs and needed to get something going," Shealy said. "I thought we were going to ... come back, but we'll have a better game today."
Chris Sheffield (1-0) earned the win in relief for Miami (3-1).
UF and UM meet this afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The Gators play at Miami on Friday and Saturday.
FSU 5, W. KENTUCKY 4: John-Ford Griffin had four hits, including a home run, and added three RBI to lead the host Seminoles in both teams' opener.
FSU 8-4, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 0-0: Leslie Malerich pitched a two-hit shutout and junior Monique Marier hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning of the opener, and Jenn White-Stokes followed with a three-hitter as the Seminoles won twice on the road to open their season.
FLORIDA: The No. 7 Gator women swimming and diving team beat No. 22 Tennessee 162-127. The No. 10 UF men lost to the No. 3 Vols 128.5-107.5. The home meet was UF's season finale.
MIAMI: Freshman Vince Wilfork set a school record in the shot put (16.98 meters) and sophomore Phillip Buchanon won the 60-meter dash (6.79 seconds) at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.