Saturday March 22, 2003Hoyman Keys Baseball to 6-1 Victory Over Alabama
Keyed by a complete game gem from starting pitcher Justin Hoyman the University of Florida baseball team (18-6-1, 1-3-1 SEC) won their 18th home game in 20 tries as they dropped Alabama (18-4, 4-1 SEC) 6-1 at McKethan Stadium Saturday.
Hoyman went the distance as he gave up just two hits and one run (none earned) with one walk and a career-high eight strikeouts in improving to 4-1 on the season. He threw 100 pitches as he retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced. He did not allow a hit following singles in each the second and third innings.
Florida got on the board in the bottom of the first when Jonathan Tucker recorded his fourth infield single of the season, diving into first to beat the throw from Alabama shortstop Adam Pavkovich. With two outs, Ben Harrison singled to left field. Brian Rose followed with a double to right-center field, driving in Tucker and Harrison to give the Gators a 2-0 advantage. That is all the scoring the Gators would need as Hoyman cruised to victory in lowering his ERA to 2.57.
Brett Dowdy added to Florida’s lead in the bottom of the second inning, driving in Jake Riordan with a two-out double to center field.
In the top of the third inning, Alabama’s Travis Garner singled, then stole second base. Garner scored from second when a Florida outfielder dropped Adam Pavkovich’s fly ball to center field, cutting Florida’s lead to 3-1.
The Gators added to their lead in the sixth, as C.J. Smith singled to shortstop and moved to second on Harrison’s single to right field. After the runners advanced on a wild pitch, Rose drove in Smith from third on a sacrifice fly to center field. Jeff Corsaletti then doubled down the left field line, as Harrison scored to give Florida a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Dowdy scored the Gators’ sixth run of the game after he reached on a bunt single, moved to third on Tucker’s single and scored on a wild pitch by Seth Johnson for the final UF tally.
The Gators tallied six runs on 11 hits, including four doubles. Corsaletti had a pair of doubles, while four Gator hitters had multiple hits. Garner and Bobby Burns accounted for the Crimson Tide’s two hits in the loss.
The series concludes Sunday at 12 p.m. The game will be televised live on Sunshine Network with Larry Vettel and Nick Belmonte calling the action.