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In the Gator 11-8 victory junior Jeff Corsaletti had three hits and knocked in two runs.

Saturday May 1, 2004Baseball Hangs On for Series Win After 11-8 Win Over Auburn

Gainesville, FL

In the Gator 11-8 victory junior Jeff Corsaletti had three hits and knocked in two runs.

The University of Florida baseball team (33-12, 13-7 SEC) battled visiting Auburn through an early pitcher’s duel before breaking the game wide open with nine runs in the sixth inning for a 11-8 victory. The Gators earned their seventh straight league win and fifth straight win overall in front of 2,060 fans at McKethan Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Florida’s Jeff Corsaletti went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI as the Gators scored their 11 runs on eight hits. It was enough for Florida starter Justin Hoyman who won his ninth game with no losses in 13 starts this season.

What started as a pitcher’s duel was blown wide open in the fifth and sixth inning when the Gators scored 11 runs, five of which were unearned. The nine runs the Gators scored in the sixth inning marked the first time the Gators have scored more than eight runs in an inning this season.

Hoyman improved his record on the season to 9-0, striking out five and giving up only one earned run on 112 pitches in six innings of work. Hoyman and Auburn freshman Mike Felix kept the game scoreless through four innings before both teams scored two runs in the fifth inning

The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning, after scoring two unearned runs. Ben Maitland led off the inning with a walk, and scored when a sacrifice bunt was thrown away into the right field corner. On the error, Sain raced to third base and would later score the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of J.T. Williamson.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Gators cut the lead in half when Jeroloman scored on a wild pitch from Felix and tied the score when Adam Davis hit his sixth home run of the season. Davis’ home run chased Felix from the game after a 4 2/3 innings pitched. Auburn reliever, John Madden, closed the inning out by striking out the final Florida batter of the inning

The Tigers regained a two run lead in the sixth after a home run and another unearned run. Chuck Jeroloman lined a solo home run off the left field corner bleachers and the Tigers scored another when a ball was thrown into the right field corner on a pick off attempt after two Auburn singles.

The Gators once again battled back in the bottom of the inning scoring nine runs to take a seven run lead at 11-4. Florida would send 13 batters to the plate and Corsaletti scored twice and had two base hits in the inning. UF would have six singles and use a crucial Auburn error to pull away.

In the inning the Gators quickly loaded the bases on a walk, a single and a hit batsman. Justin Tordi then sharply hit a ground ball to the right side that bounced over the glove of the second baseman. Ben Harrison and Corsaletti would score and knot the game at 4-4 on the second baseman’s error. Stephen Barton then scored the go ahead run on a single off the bat of Brian Jeroloman. Madden was chased after Barton’s single without getting an out in the inning.

The Gators loaded the bases again on an Austin Easley single, and extended the lead to 6-4 when Jonathon Tucker hit the third straight single off Auburn relief pitchers. Smith followed with a RBI hit by a pitch, and after a Ben Harrison sacrifice fly the Gators lead 8-4.

After a two out two RBI single by Corsaletti and a RBI single by Barton, the Gators had done their damage by scoring nine runs.

Auburn scored four runs in the top of the eight to pull within three, but Darren O’Day struck out Josh Bell with runners on first and second to end the inning. O’Day would then retire the side in order in the ninth to preserve the victory.

In the inning for the Tigers the bottom four hitters in the Auburn order would have consecutive hits which scored two runs. Sean Gamble then drove home Maitland and Sain to cap the scoring for the Tigers.

Auburn was led Chuck Jeroloman who finished 2-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI while Gamble had a pair of hits to go along with his two RBI.

The two teams will play game three on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Florida will send RHP Bryan Ball (5-1) to the mound to face Auburn’s RHP Josh Bell (2-1).

NOTES:

  • Jeff Corsaletti was the first player to score twice and have two base hits in an inning this season.
  • Adam Davis’ fifth inning home run was the 19th home run hit by Gator freshmen this season.
  • The game was delayed 52 minutes in the top of the eighth inning due to lightning.
  • C.J. Smith went 0-for-4 ending his season-high 11-game hitting streak.
  • Hoyman improved his record to 13-1 at home in his career.
  • Florida pitchers have only walked five batters in the past five games.
  • The Gators improved to 25-6 at home winning 25 or more games at home for sixth straight year and for the 16th time in the history of the program.
  • The win guaranteed Florida their fifth SEC series victory of the season while the 13th league win also tied the season total from a year ago.
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