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Friday March 12, 2004Hoyman Strikes Out 13 as No. 16 Baseball Beats Brown 14-8

Gainesville, FL

Justin Hoyman struck out a career-high 13 batters, as the 16th ranked University of Florida baseball team (16-3) pounded out 14 hits in disposing of Brown 14-8 in the opening contest of a three-game series Friday evening before a crowd of 1,567 at McKethan Stadium. The win ran Florida’s win streak to 12 games.

Hoyman (4-0) tossed 7 2/3 innings, while striking out a career-high 13 and allowing four runs on four hits to earn the win for the Gators (16-3). Hoyman also struck out a career-best seven straight batters from the first through third innings and struck out at least one batter in each frame. Florida chased Brown (0-1) starter Chris Davidson (0-1) for 12 runs on eight hits in just three innings.

Florida plated four runs in the second and eight in the third to take control of the game. Adam Davis helped lead the Gator offensive attack by going 3-for-5 with three RBI, while catcher Matt LaPorta was 3-for-4 with three runs and a pair of RBI. Left fielder Brian Leclerc chipped in by going 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs.

The Gators jumped ahead early, plating four runs in the second. Designated hitter Stephen Barton scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch from Davidson before third baseman Jonathan Tucker singled in LaPorta to give Florida a 2-0 lead. Davis then singled up the middle to score Leclerc and Tucker.

Florida added eight runs on six hits to take a commanding 12-0 after the third. LaPorta singled through the left side to score first baseman C.J. Smith. With Barton and LaPorta on base, Leclerc then cracked his second homer run of the season to right center as Florida went ahead 8-0. Davis then singled through the right side as Tucker crossed the plate. Ben Harrison then crushed his seventh homer of the season to left as the Gators extended their lead to 11-0. Corsaletti then scored from second on an error by Brown first baseman Devin Thomas before the Bears closed out the inning.

Brown finally go to Hoyman by scoring four unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth. In the fourth Danny Hughes hit a two-run home run and James Lowe had an RBI groundout. The single Bear run in the fifth was driven in by Jeff Nichols after he singled to left bringing home Robert Deeb who earlier singled.

After two scoreless innings the Gators went back to work as LaPorta planted a pitch over the left field bleachers as Florida’s lead swelled to 13-4 in the sixth. Florida added another run in the seventh when center fielder Jeff Corsaletti reached base on a triple to left center before scoring on a Smith double to right to end the scoring for the Gators.

Brown would not go away as they capitalized on three Florida errors in the ninth to score four runs in the final frame. Brown only had one hit in the inning, but received an RBI single from Chris Contrino and a pair of RBI groundouts from Nichols and Lowe.

Florida limited Brown to just five hits as Mike Pete came on for Hoyman and pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.

The two teams will return to the diamond for the second contest of a three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m.

NOTES

  • Friday’s matchup with Brown was the first ever between the two teams.
  • The 12 game wins streak is the longest since the school record 14 game win streak in 2001.
  • The Gators had multiple home runs in a game for the seventh time in 2004.
  • With his home run in the third Ben Harrison upped his career total to 30 which moved him into eighth all-time.
  • Hoyman became the first Gator to strike out 13 batters since Brad Wilkerson struck out the same against Arkansas on May 3, 1998.
  • Hoyman also went seven or more innings for fifth time in six starts this season.

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