March 29, 2003
Gainesville, Fla. - Justin Hoyman tossed his second straight complete game in leading the No. 15 Florida Gators to a 5-1 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers at McKethan Stadium. The Gators go for the series sweep Sunday at Noon ET.
Hoyman faced the minimum number of hitters through the first five innings, before Kyle Norrid's third home run of the season leading off the sixth put Tennessee on the board. It was the first home run surrendered by Hoyman this season, a span of 47 innings.
He was aided by four double plays while limiting Tennessee (15-10, 4-4 SEC) to six hits, including two by Justin Branson. The loss dropped the Volunteers ? game behind Florida in the Eastern Division.
Derek Tharpe (3-2), who struck out nine in the loss, was roughed up for three runs on four hits in the first before settling down to give up just runs on four hits over the next six innings. Beau Massey pitched the eighth.
After Brett Dowdy led off the Gator half of the first inning with a first-pitch home run to left center, Florida (21-6-1, 4-3-1 SEC) followed with a double, a walk and a single to load the bases. Brian Rose then smacked a two-run single up the middle to give Florida a 3-0 lead.
A sacrifice fly and a Vol error led to two more Florida runs in the fourth as the Gators extended their lead to 5-0.