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Justin Hoyman dominated the Wildcats allowing only three hits in the game.

Friday May 16, 2003Baseball Shuts Out Kentucky 19-0 in Impressive Win

Gainesville, FL

Justin Hoyman dominated the Wildcats allowing only three hits in the game.

A 19-hit explosion helped lift the University of Florida baseball team (33-18-1, 12-15-1 SEC) to an important 19-0 game one victory over Kentucky in a must win contest Friday night. Florida would score in all but one at bat and pitcher Justin Hoyman would hurl his SEC leading fifth complete game of the season using just 92 pitches in the victory.

"We played extremely well in all facets of the game," said Florida head coach Pat McMahon. "Justin really came through for us and at critical times throughout the game, different players stepped up."

Hoyman would spin a three-hitter as he picked up the win to improve to 8-5 on the season. After allowing the first batter of the game to single, Hoyman would retire 14 straight hitters as the Gators increased their lead. The sophomore would not allow a base runner to reach second base as he faced just one batter over the minimum. He would strike out six and not walk a batter in lowering his ERA to 3.02.

The Florida offense found McKethan Stadium to their liking as the Gators returned home to score runs in the first three innings to take a 7-0 advantage after three. UF then put the game out of reach as they added 12 runs in the final five innings.

The big offensive punch came from Mario Garza who would finish 4-for-5 with five RBI and included in his four hits were a double and a home run. Four other Gators had multiple hits in the game while Brian Rose scored three times and had two RBI. Jonathan Tucker and Ben Harrison would also have two RBI.

Tucker led off the game with a single to center field which was followed by a Brett Dowdy bunt base hit. Both runners would later come home on a throwing error at second base on a Rose infield grounder. Rose advanced to third on the play and would later score the third Florida run on an RBI single from Garza.

Two runs in the second added to the lead as Stephen Barton came home on an error and Tucker knocked home Justin Tordi who had earlier singled. In the third after a Jeff Corsaletti single to lead off the inning, Ben Harrison hit his ninth homer of the season as he ripped a shot into the left field bleachers.

Florida then broke the game wide open as they scored five runs in the fifth. Dowdy and Corsaletti led off the inning with consecutive singles before Rose knocked a run home with an RBI through the left side of the infield. Garza the continued his big night as he singled home Corsaletti. C.J. Smith later scored Rose on a ground out and singles by Tordi and Tucker scored the fourth and fifth runs of the inning.

In the sixth Garza hit a two-run homer, while Florida would score three more runs in the seventh and two in the eighth. In the seventh the Gators would load the bases before an RBI pinch hit groundout from Matt Maley. Rose would pick up an RBI on a sacrifice fly and a double by Garza added the final run of the inning. In the eighth Tordi would bring home Lee Roberson who had walked and advanced on a double by Fritz Reichardt. Reichardt would later score the 19th and final Florida run on a Matt Graziano line shot up the middle.

Kentucky starter Scott Wade took the loss as he lasted 4.2 innings and gave up 13 hits and 12 runs (seven earned) as he fell to 3-7.

Game two of the series will take place Saturday with game time set for 4 p.m. ET. The Gators are scheduled to throw sophomore Tommy Boss while the Wildcats will counter with Heath Castle.

NOTES

  • The 19 runs for the Gators were an SEC season high.
  • For just the seventh time in school history a Florida baseball team has won 30 games as home as UF improved to 30-5 at McKethan Stadium this season.
  • Florida scored double figures in runs for the 19th time overall and for the fourth time in SEC games.
  • The Florida pitching staff hurled their second shutout of the season as the Gators also shutout Army March 19.
  • Florida won just their fourth game of the season on Friday.
  • The 19 Florida runs were the most they scored against a Kentucky team since 1998.

 

 

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