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Justin Hoyman ran his record to 6-0 as he went 8 2/3 innings in the 8-4 Gator victory.

Friday March 26, 2004Baseball Takes Game One from Kentucky 8-4

Gainesville, FL

Justin Hoyman ran his record to 6-0 as he went 8 2/3 innings in the 8-4 Gator victory.

A big four-run seventh inning was the difference as the University of Florida baseball team (22-5, 3-1 SEC) opened a three game series with Kentucky (14-8, 2-2 SEC) with a 8-4 victory over the Wildcats. The Gators had a comfortable 4-1 lead entering the seventh but needed the four runs in the victory.

Justin Hoyman ran his record to 6-0 as he finished one out short of his second consecutive complete game. The junior went 8 2/3 innings and gave up six hits and four runs (two earned) with four walks and seven strikeouts. Hoyman threw 127 pitches before he was removed when Casey Gilvin hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. Connor Falkenabach came on and got the final batter to end the game.

The second batter of the game Jeff Corsaletti put the Gators on the board early as he hit a solo shot to left field. The Gators scored another run in the second and could have scored more but the rally was doused. After an out, the next four Florida batters reached. Justin Tordi doubled and came home on a Jonathan Tucker RBI double. A walk before and after the Tucker double loaded the bases with an out but Kentucky turned a double play to end the threat.

The Wildcats cut the 2-0 lead in half in the second as Michael Bertram walked and went to third on a single. Bertram would score the first Kentucky run as Gilvin drove him home with a sacrifice fly to center.

Florida went quietly in the third and fourth as Kalen Gibson retired eight straight batters until the Gators forced the starter out of the game. Gibson would give up a one out double to Adam Davis in the fifth before the second out of the inning moved Davis to third. An RBI single by Ben Harrison scored Davis before a walk and a pair of wild pitches brought Harrison home for a 4-1 UF lead. Gibson would walk another hitter to put runners on the corners and was removed after 4 2/3 innings in favor of Adam Kunkel.

Hoyman cruised through the middle innings as he retired nine straight from the third through the fifth until he got into trouble in the sixth. A leadoff double and walk put two runners on with no outs. Hoyman worked his way out of the jam as he got a fielder’s choice groundout to force the runner at third and then coaxed a ground ball double play to end the inning.

Florida rode the momentum to push the lead to 8-1 after scoring four runs in the seventh. The big hit in the inning was a home run off the bat of Matt LaPorta. It was the fifth long ball of the year for the freshman. The Gators also received an RBI single from Tordi in the inning. Florida set the table for LaPorta as Brian Jeroloman walked and Tordi drove home C.J. Smith who had earlier singled. That put two runners on and LaPorta took advantage driving a pitch over the wall down the left field line.

Kentucky tacked on a run in the seventh as Spencer Graeter drove home Joe Naill who led off the inning with a double.

Davis had a big day at the plate for Florida as he went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored while Smith had a pair of hits for Florida.

Gilvin accounted for three of the four Wildcats RBI who will send RHP Seth Stanley (5-0) to the mound tomorrow. Florida will counter with RHP Bryan Ball (4-0) with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. in game two.

NOTES:

  • The Gators were meeting former assistant coach John Cohen for the first time after he took over the Wildcat program following the 2003 season.
  • The Gators had six extra base hits including four doubles.
  • Florida hit multiple home runs in a game for the 10th time this season.
  • Hoyman has given up just two home runs in 61 2/3 innings pitched this season.
  • UF improved to 3-2 on the road this season.
  • Eight of the nine Florida starters had base hits for the 12 hit Gator attack.
  • Ben Harrison picked up his 150th career RBI with his single in the fifth.
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