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Saturday February 15, 2003Gators Win 5-3 To Even Series With Miami

Gainesville, FL

The Florida baseball team used two runs in the seventh inning to even a three-game series with Miami today at McKethan Stadium as the Gators pulled out a 5-3 victory against the Hurricanes. The score was tied at 2-2 before Florida scored a single run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Sophomore pitcher Justin Hoyman kept Miami in check before the Gators rallied in the late innings. Hoyman went 5.1 innings and gave up four hits, two runs (two earned) while walking two in earning the no decision. Lee Roberson came on to earn the win as he closed out the game throwing the final 3.2 innings for the Gators. Roberson improved to 2-0 in a Florida uniform as he gave up three hits, one run while striking out one.

Florida seized momentum early after turning a double play to end the first and then scoring a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back walks to Brett Dowdy and Jonathan Tucker put two runners on before a double steal put them both in scoring position. A passed ball then allowed Dowdy to score for the first run of the game.

The Gators added another run in the third, after Tucker reached on a fielder’s choice and stole his second base of the game. Mario Garza then ripped a double down the right field line scoring Tucker and extending the Gator lead to 2-0.

Miami went scoreless through the first five innings. In the sixth, the Hurricanes got on the board after Danny Figueroa was hit by a Hoyman pitch and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a ground out. He then scored on a wild pitch to cut the Gators lead in half. Gaby Sanchez later doubled to center field knocking Hoyman out of the game after 86 pitcher. Lee Roberson came on for the Gators and gave up a single to Ryan Braun which scored Sanchez and tied the game. He then retired the final two Miami hitters in the inning to kill any further damage.

Florida tacked on a run in the sixth after Tucker singled and stole second. He then moved to third on a ground out and scored on a Garza sacrifice fly to center.

The winning Florida runs came one inning later in the seventh after Stephen Barton led off the inning with a walk. Matt Cresap doubled putting two runners in scoring position. Dowdy had an RBI single to center field that scored both baserunners, but later on an appeal Cresap was called out at third for missing the bag. Dowdy then stole second and scored when Ben Harrison reached on an error by the Miami second baseman.

The Hurricanes Jim Burt hit a solo homerun in the ninth to close the gap to two. Erick San Pedro singled with two outs to continue the rally, but it was too little too late for the Hurricanes as Paco Figueroa hit a fly ball to left field to end the game.

Miami starting pitcher Vince Bongiovanni took the loss as he threw 5.1 innings and gave up five hits, three run and struck out five.

Both teams finished the game with seven hits as Dowdy had two hits for the Gators and Garza had a double and two RBI. Sanchez had two hits for Miami including a double

The Gators finish out the three-game series against Miami on Sunday at 1p.m. at McKethan Stadium.

NOTES

- Florida Head Coach Pat McMahon was thrown out of the game in the seventh inning.

- UF turned double plays to end consecutive innings in the first and second

- Justin Hoyman went 10.1 straight innings without allowing an earned run before that streak was snapped in the sixth

- Today’s crowd of 3,594 was the biggest crowd at McKethan Stadium since 3/16/01 vs. Ole Miss

- Jonathan Tucker stole three bases today, the most by a Gator base runner since Aaron Davidson stole three vs. Winthrop 2/17/02

 

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