Sunday February 23, 2003Baseball Sweeps Hofstra with 28-6 Game Three Win
The Florida baseball team completed a three-game sweep of the Hofstra Flying Dutchman Sunday afternoon, jumping ahead early in an 11-run first inning in the second game of a double header. The Gators cruised to a 28-6 victory and improved their record to 8-1 in front of a crowd of 1,924.
In the forty-minute long first inning, Florida sent sixteen batters to the plate. Every Gator player scored in the inning except for Jake Riordan, who had a sacrifice bunt. First baseman C.J. Smith had the first of two home runs in the game, a three-run shot over the right-center field wall. His other homer was a two-run shot in the third. Mario Garza, Ben Harrison and Jonathan Tucker also had RBI in the first.
Florida went scoreless in the second before scoring in each of the final six innings. Smith hit his homer in the third before the Gators scored twice more in the fourth. After a Brett Dowdy walk, Tucker reached on a two base error. Garza then drove in a run with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.
Riordan led off the four-run fifth with an infield single and then the bases became loaded after walks to Dowdy and Tucker. Riordan then came home on a Garza hit by pitch. A sacrifice fly by Harrison scored another run before the big blow in the inning, a Fritz Reichardt double down the left field line which scored two. Five runs came across in the sixth with three of those scoring on doubles from Dowdy, Tucker and Lee Roberson. Stephen Barton also brought a run home with a single to center.
The Gators also pushed three runs across in the seventh and one in the eighth. Matt Graziano led off the seventh by being hit by a pitch and then Dowdy walked. Tucker then doubled to score one run and Barton had an RBI ground out. Roberson then had his second hit of the game and second RBI after an infield single scored a run. The final Gator run in the eighth came after John Paul Castro advanced to third after doubling and scored on a wild pitch.
Hofstra had spurts of offense, but stranded 12 runners. The most productive Dutchman batter was catcher Steven Oliveri who went 3-4 with two RBI with a double and two singles. Two of their six runs were unearned by Florida pitchers.
. Florida’s seven pitchers combined to hold Hofstra to six runs and eleven hits and struck out nine. Florida starting pitcher Tommy Boss picked up the win after giving up only two hits in three shut out innings and had three strikeouts and no walks. Hofstra’s starter, Kellen Taylor, gave up 11 earned runs in 1/3 of an inning and took the loss.
Florida pounded out a season-high 23 hits in the game and benefitted from 15 walks.
The Gators will be back in action when they take on South Florida on Tuesday, February 25th at 5:30 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.