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A career day by Jeff Corsaletti that included six RBI helped carry the Gators to a 12-1 win.

Friday June 4, 2004Baseball Expands Late for 12-1 Win at NCAA Regional

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A career day by Jeff Corsaletti that included six RBI helped carry the Gators to a 12-1 win.

A six RBI performance from Jeff Corsaletti and another solid start from ace Justin Hoyman carried the University of Florida baseball team (41-20) to a 12-1 victory over Central Connecticut State on Friday in the first round game of the NCAA Regional. The Gators rode Hoyman for eight innings and scored runs in five separate innings in pulling away from Central Connecticut.

UF will play Saturday in the winner’s bracket contest at 2 p.m. ET against the winner of No. 2 seed Oklahoma and No. 3 seed UCLA.

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Corsaletti would hit a home run in the fourth and double in the eighth as the Gators expanded the lead late. The junior was returning from a shoulder injury that did not allow him to play in the final game of the SEC Tournament last weekend. He finished 3-for-5 with the two extra base hits. Fellow junior C.J. Smith went 2-for-3 and scored three times.

Hoyman would pitch the eight innings and give up just six hits and one run with two walks and two strikeouts. He ran his record to 11-1 on the season in the 98-pitch effort. UF would score seven runs in the third through the fifth innings to open up the big lead for Hoyman. Adam Sanabria would then enter the game and retire all three batters he faced in the ninth.

Central Connecticut would score their lone run on Hoyman in the fifth as Rob Hosgood drove home Dan Tarnowski who had hit a one out single.

The Gators patience at the plate in the first paid off against Central Connecticut starter Lewis Pappariella. Pappariella retired his first hitter of the game before he couldn’t find the strike zone and walked consecutive hitters Adam Davis and C.J. Smith. An error on a line shot to the shortstop then loaded the bases for Corsaletti. Corsaletti hit into a fielder’s choice and hustled down the line to beat out the throw at first. The hustle paid off as CCSU thought the double play ended the inning and the first baseman tossed the ball back to the mound allowing two Gators to cross the plate.

UF added a third run in the third before exploding in the fourth to open up a big lead. In the third Ben Harrison reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced to second on a groundout and came home on a double down the left field line by Matt LaPorta.

Harrison and Corsaletti would be heard from again in the fourth as the duo had two clutch hits. The bases were loaded for Harrison after Jonathan Tucker singled and both Davis and Smith drew walks. Harrison then doubled down the right field line scoring Tucker and Davis and leaving two runners in scoring position. In the next at bat Corsaletti would take the first offering from Pappariella and hit it into the right field bullpen for a three-run bomb and 8-0 Florida lead.

Justin Tordi scored the ninth Florida run in the fifth using aggressive base running and heads up play. He stretched a single into a double and then went to third on an overthrow on the play. On the second pitch to the next batter he raced home on a ball in the dirt and slid head first on the play to beat the tag at the plate.

In the eighth against Central Connecticut reliever Evan Scribner the Gators would add three more runs. Matt Maley led off the frame with a pinch hit double in the left center gap. Davis drew his second walk of the contest before a Smith single loaded the bases for Harrison a second time. Harrison drove a pitch deep to the wall in center that was caught and allowed Maley to score on the sacrifice. Corsaletti then topped off his offensive performance with a double to center that plated both Smith and Davis.

Pappariella would throw 123 pitches in earning the loss on the mound in dropping to 7-3 in 2004. He gave up eight hits and nine runs (seven earned) and had six walks and four strikeouts. The senior came into the contest walking just 13 batters all season but had control problems throughout the contest.

QUOTES:

Florida head coach Pat McMahon –

"I am really proud of our team. They really competed on the field, they defended very well and the pitching was very solid. Justin Hoyman really competed on the mound."

"We took advantage of our opportunities offensively to put runs on the board early. We then expanded which set the tone for the game. You have to give Central Connecticut credit, because they have a nice team."

Florida junior Jeff Corsaletti –

On his career best six RBI performance

"We just played our game, I didn’t look back at bats but looked forward to the next at bat. We know we still have a long way to go, and we are out here to gain more respect."

 

NOTES:

  • With his double in the fourth Ben Harrison ran his hit streak to a career best 12 games … Harrison took over the team lead with 64 RBI which upped his career total to 186.
  • The Corsaletti home run was his fifth of the season … It was his first long ball in 13 games and 60 at bats … The Gators have hit a home run in 41 of 61 games this season … The six RBI by Corsaletti are the second move ever by a Florida player in NCAA play … Two other Gators have had seven RBI in NCAA postseason action.
  • Justin Tordi was hit by a pitch for the ninth time this season and for the 18th time in his career … The 18 HBPs are tied for the seventh most in school history.
  • With his eight innings pitched, Hoyman upped his season total innings to 132 and 2/3, which is the fourth most innings pitched in a single season in school history. … His 11th victory moved him into a tie for seventh for the most wins by a Florida hurler in a season.
  • C.J. Smith had 18 putouts, which tied a Florida single game record for a player … He is the second player in the history of the program to have 18 putouts as Jason Dill also had 18 against Tennessee March 20, 1999.
  • Florida turned its 71st double play of the season, which is just three off the school record of 74 set in 2001.
  • Justin Tordi had eight assists which is the third time in his career he has had eight or more assists … The season the shortstop has 219 assists which leads the SEC and is the fifth most ever by a Florida fielder in a season in school history.
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