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Sophomore hurler Justin Hoyman threw his second straight complete game in earning the win Saturday.

Saturday March 29, 2003Baseball Takes Second Straight From Tennessee 5-1

Gainesville, FL

Sophomore hurler Justin Hoyman threw his second straight complete game in earning the win Saturday.

The University of Florida baseball team (21-6-1, 4-3-1) rode the pitching off Justin Hoyman and used five runs in the first four innings as they took over first place in the SEC Eastern Division with a 5-1 victory over visiting Tennessee (15-10, 4-4 SEC). The Gators will go for a sweep of the series on Sunday as they host Tennessee at noon. The game is being televised by the Sunshine Network with Mick Hubert and Nick Belmonte calling the action at McKethan Stadium.

Hoyman (5-1) would go the distance for the second straight start as he gave up six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts while throwing 107 pitches. The sophomore hurler would face the minimum through five innings as he benefitted from a double play and a caught stealing. He allowed just two singles through five before Kyle Norrid hit a solo homer for the lone Vols run in the sixth. The Gator defense turned four double plays in the game and did not commit an error.

Brett Dowdy led Florida at the plate and also was part of two double plays as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Dowdy wasted no time putting Florida on the board as he took the first offering of the game from Derek Tharpe and deposited it over the left center field fence.

The Gators would score two more runs in the first as they used three hits and a walk to jump on top 3-0 after an inning. Jonathan Tucker doubled, C.J. Smith walked and Ben Harrison lined an infield single which set the stage for an a two RBI single from Brian Rose.

UF went scoreless in the second and third before Jake Riordan led off the fourth with a single up the middle. He advanced to second on a Dowdy single and later came home on sacrifice fly from Smith. Tucker also reached on a fielder’s choice in the fourth and came around to score an unearned after a wild pitch and an error.

Tharpe (3-2) took the loss as he went seven innings and gave up eight hits and five runs (four earned) with three walks and nine strikeouts.

Florida had nine hits in the game with Mario Garza adding a pair of singled while at the plate for Tennessee Justin Branson was 2-for-2.

NOTES

  • Florida has won four consecutive SEC games.
  • Brett Dowdy extended his hit streak to a career-best 10 games with his homer in the first inning.
  • The Gators did not commit and error for the eighth time this season.
  • Hoyman has pitched all three of Florida’s complete games this season.
  • The attendance of 2,964 was the second largest at McKethan Stadium this season.

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