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The Florida defense fielded for Justin Hoyman as the Gators rode the pitcher to a 4-2 win over Vandy

Saturday April 24, 2004Baseball Takes Series With 4-2 Victory Over Vanderbilt

Gainesville, FL

The Florida defense fielded for Justin Hoyman as the Gators rode the pitcher to a 4-2 win over Vandy

A complete game effort by Justin Hoyman and stellar defense lifted the University of Florida baseball team (30-12, 10-7 SEC) to a series winning 4-2 victory over visiting Vanderbilt Saturday. Florida will go for the sweep of the Commodores on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at McKethan Stadium.

Florida fell behind 1-0 but scored the next four runs behind Hoyman to clinch the victory. The Gators got a 3-for-3 effort from Ben Harrison while Brian Jeroloman went 3-for-4. Florida finished the game with 12 hits including 10 singles.

Hoyman (8-0) would not give up a hit until the third inning when Vanderbilt threatened. The Commodores got three hits in the inning but could not push a run across as runners were left on second and third following a ground ball third out.

Hoyman would just get stronger as the game progressed retiring 10 straight hitters until a double to lead off the ninth. Hoyman would pitch a complete game six hitter giving up just one earned run without striking out a batter.

The Commodores did get on the board first scoring an unearned run against Hoyman in the fifth. Antoan Richardson led off the Vanderbilt fifth with a double and advanced to third on a costly passed ball. In the next at bat he would score on Ryan Klostermanís RBI groundout.

Florida answered Vanderbiltís one run in the fifth to score three in the bottom half of the inning. That would be all Hoyman needed as the defense protected the Florida lead late in the game. Jonathan Tucker reached on an error to lead off the inning and would score the tying run on a bases loaded single to center by Ben Harrison. With the bases still loaded, Jeff Corsaletti picked up an RBI with a groundout while the third run of the frame came home on a groundout by Brian Leclerc.

Following the Florida fifth, Vanderbilt starter Jensen Lewis came out with a high pitch count. Florida hitters had worked the Commodore starter to numerous full counts while fouling off a number of pitches. Lewis had thrown 117 pitches and gave up seven hits and three runs (one earned) with a pair of walks and one strikeout.

UF added an insurance run in the eighth as Tucker hit an RBI sacrifice fly. Justin Tordi scored the run after singling and advancing to third on a single by Jeroloman.

After the Vanderbilt double to lead off the ninth the Commodores would manufacture a run on a pair of groundouts. Pinch hitter Matt Zeller picked up the RBI, which scored Stephen Shao.

 

NOTES:

  • Florida went scoreless in each of the first four innings for just the 10th time this season.
  • The Gators did not use one substitute in Saturdayís contest.
  • For only the second time this season Florida did not hit a home run in back-to-back games.
  • The complete game for Hoyman was his third of the season and ninth of his career.
  • With three assists Jonathan Tucker moved into 10th place all-time in career assists.
  • Florida left 11 on base while Vanderbilt left eight baserunners.
  • Hoyman kept Vanderbilt to 1-for-14 with runners on base.
  • The Gators won 30 or more games for the 14th straight year.

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