Gators whip Central Connecticut 12-1

The Florida Gators, behind Hoyman, whip up on Central Connecticut to the tune of 12-1. Read on for post game quotes and statistics.

Florida Head Coach Pat McMahon

Opening Comment
"I'm proud of our ball club and the way they competed. I thought we defended very well. I felt we pitched very well. I thought Justin (Hoyman) really competed for our ballclub. We were opportunistic offensively. I think you have to give Central Connecticut State a lot of credit. They have a really nice ballclub. They really pitched well and we were fortunate to get some big runs early. The big-run inning with two outs was huge and a lot of that credit goes to Jeff Corsaletti. I'm real proud of our ball club today. It's a good start in a lot of ways."

On Jeff Corsaletti's performance...
"He separated his shoulder in the SEC tournament making a diving catch and would not let go of the ball. That typifies the heart of Jeff Corsaletti. He's rehabbing through that injury. He's got a great work ethic and he's an outstanding competitor. He's been one of our leaders in so many different ways."

On Central Connecticut...
"Obviously we have great respect for their program. Their head coach does a great job. I think their team plays very hard and aggressive. They make plays. They played themselves into this regional for the third straight year. They have a bunch of returning players so we had our hands full in every way. I was very impressed."

Florida's Jeff Corsaletti (Jr., CF)

On his six RBIs...
"They have a good ball club. I don't think they ever felt overwhelmed. They can play with anybody. They have a lot of good ballplayers. I wasn't even thinking about my six RBIs. You just go out and play your game. You always look ahead and don't really look back at what you already did. I think as a whole ball club we know that even though we won today, we still have a long way to go. We're just trying to get more and more respect each game. We have the talent and we know it."

Florida's Justin Hoyman (Jr., RHP)

On his pitching with a big lead...
"I think a lot of pitchers fall into that trap. One of the biggest things is being able to stay strong and keep your frame of mind when you have that big of a lead. A lot of times you will see teams make runs at you, especially a team like this. They ran every ball out and every time they put the ball on the ground they ran hard. I really like their style of putting the ball in play. They don't strike out. They make things happen. With a team like that you really have to stay locked in and focused."

Central Connecticut State Head Coach Charlie Hickey

Opening Comment
"Today was evidence of a quality team taking advantage of some opportunities given to them by us and probably forcing some opportunities that good teams force. I think we opened the door with our defense. Sometimes we walked some people in conjunction with that.

"I think a big spot in the ballgame was when it was 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. We had gotten two outs in a row, felt like we were getting off the deck a little bit and starting to play, and they got a two out hit, a ball that I expected to be made, but it happens. They continued to put pressure on us and five runs later I thought they had taken some of the steam out of us. We tried to compete and fight back a little bit, but that kid (Justin Hoyman) is awfully good for a reason. With 10 wins he wasn't going to open the door. We put the ball in play, the centerfielder made a couple of plays, they did what a quality team did.

On play in first inning...
"To be honest, I don't think everybody was sure. With the bases loaded, there was a ball hit to the second baseman, whether there was a little indecision to flip it to second or tag the runner. Then when he didn't flip it to second, he decided to go to first for the out and the runner hustled it out and I acknowledge that he beat it out. Then we got the second out of the inning on a tag play on the runner between first and second base. The question that has yet to be determined is whether or not their second runner touched home plate. That was why we stepped off and threw the ball to home plate.

"It was sort of a quarky play. I don't know if I'm supposed to say it, but the umpire wasn't sure either and that's just part of being human. It was a quarky play. We created the situation by walking some runners and then I think we should have gone right to second base and get the double play."

"I don't think it took the steam out of us. We got a couple outs and got out of the inning and it was 2-0, I don't think that was a big situation to take the steam out of us. I'd be disappointed if it did. I think it indicated what happens at this level. Weird things sometimes happen. I don't look back at that of being the play that ended. I think that was just a piece of the puzzle of when good teams put more pressure on average teams at this level."

Central Connecticut State's Lewis Pappariella (senior, pitcher)

"It's tough to say besides the fourth inning, I think I tried a little too much today. Unfortunately I didn't have the pitches to get out of that inning and it took the wind out of our sails.


Game Notes Florida vs. Central Connecticut State

  • In the first meeting between the two schools, Florida (41-20) defeated Central Connecticut State (41-16-1), 12-1, in Game 1 of the NCAA Regional 13. Florida is now 49-36 in the NCAA Regional games and 54-44 in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Florida scored two runs before C.J. Smith (2-for-3) recorded the Gators' first hit in the first at-bat in the third inning. Matt LaPorta (1-for-2) hit his second career double to drive in the first earned run for Florida in the third. Florida improved to 25-5 overall when scoring first and 27-1 when out-hitting an opponent.
  • C.J. Smith recorded 18 putouts, bringing his career total to 940 and moving him past Brad Wilkerson for fourth-best all-time in Gator history.
  • Florida, with 11 hits, had its 41st 10-plus hit game this season to tie for fifth on that list at UF.
  • Florida scored five runs in the fourth inning after two outs. CCSU's pitcher Lewis Pappariella (7-3) was facing his seventh batter, after retiring the first two, before LaPorta was caught stealing.
  • After reaching base safely in his first two at-bats (on error and fielder's choice), UF's Ben Harrison (1-for-4) hit a two-out, bases loaded double to drive in two runs and extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • Florida's next batter, Jeff Corsaletti (3-for-5), hit his fifth career home run on the first pitch to drive in Harrison. Corsaletti drove in six runs, the second most ever by a Florida player in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Due to NEC rules and weather, only 28 of CCSU's games have reached nine innings. CCSU is now 20-8 in nine inning games.
  • Florida's starting pitcher Justin Hoyman (11-1) retired 14 of his first 19 batters before CCSU scored their first run when Dan Tarnowski (1-for-3) scored on Rob Hosgood's (1-for-4) single to center field. It was Hosgood's 25th two-out RBI this season.
  • CCSU committed two errors today. The Blue Devils have now committed two or more errors in 27 games this season.
  • UF is a perfect 10-0 in games this season when scoring 10 or more runs.
  • CCSU had a 7.9 run per game average coming into today. The Blue Devils had only been held to one or fewer runs in just five games this season.
  • Florida has now turned a double play in 40 of 61 games.
  • Florida will face the winner of Oklahoma/UCLA Saturday, June 5, at 1 p.m. Central Connecticut State will play the loser of Oklahoma/UCLA Saturday, June 5, at 10 a.m. CCSU has lost back-to-back games just four times in 57 games this season.

                                 2004 Regional 13
                         Central Connecticut vs Florida
               Jun 04, 2004 at Oklahoma City (Bricktown Ballpark)

Central Connecticut 1 (41-16-1)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
Stegbauer, Keith ss......  4  0  1  0   0  0  4  2   0
Hosgood, Rob rf..........  4  0  1  1   0  0  1  0   1
D'Aquila, Tim c..........  4  0  2  0   0  0  5  2   0
Rothkugel, Phil 1b.......  3  0  1  0   1  0 10  3   1
Pezzello, Tom lf.........  4  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   3
Memoli, Matt 3b..........  3  0  0  0   1  0  0  2   0
Muldoon, Brad cf.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   2
 Appleton, Scott ph......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Blaze, John dh...........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Holden, Patrick ph......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Tarnowski, Dan 2b........  3  1  1  0   0  1  0  6   0
Pappariella, Lewis p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  1   0
 Scribner, Evan p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33  1  6  1   2  2 24 16   7

Florida 12 (41-20)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
Jonathan Tucker 3b.......  5  1  1  0   0  2  1  1   0
Adam Davis 2b............  3  3  1  0   2  1  0  5   2
C.J. Smith 1b............  3  3  2  0   2  0 18  0   0
Ben Harrison rf..........  4  2  1  3   0  0  1  0   0
Jeff Corsaletti cf.......  5  1  3  6   0  0  3  0   0
Matt LaPorta lf..........  2  0  1  1   1  1  0  0   1
 Ryan Kennedy ph.........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   1
Justin Tordi ss..........  2  1  1  0   1  0  1  8   1
Brian Jeroloman c........  3  0  0  0   1  0  2  0   1
Stephen Barton dh........  3  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Matt Maley ph...........  1  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Justin Hoyman p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Adam Sanabria p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33 12 11 10   7  5 27 16   6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Central Connecticut. 000 010 000 -  1  6  2
Florida............. 201 510 03X - 12 11  1

E - Stegbauer(21); Muldoon(8); Hoyman(2). DP - CCSU 1; UF 1. LOB - CCSU 7;
UF 6. 2B - D'Aquila(16); Rothkugel(16); Harrison(13); Corsaletti(12);
LaPorta(2); Tordi(14); Maley(2). HR - Corsaletti(5). HBP - Tordi. SF -
Harrison(5). CS - LaPorta(2).

Central Connecticut    IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
Pappariella, Lewis..  7.0  8  9  7  6  4 28 35 128
Scribner, Evan......  1.0  3  3  3  1  1  5  7  26

Florida                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
Justin Hoyman.......  8.0  6  1  1  2  2 30 32  98
Adam Sanabria.......  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  3  3   9

Win - Hoyman (11-1).  Loss - Pappariella (7-3).  Save - None.
WP - Pappariella(6). HBP - by Pappariella (Tordi). BK - Pappariella(1);
Hoyman(2). Inherited runners/scored: None. Pitches/strikes: Pappariella 128/73;
Scribner 26/16; Hoyman 98/61; Sanabria 9/7.
Umpires - HP: Kevin Gilmore  1B: Jeff Head  2B: Paqul Guillie  3B: Dave Buck
Start: 3:07 pm   Time: 2:18   Attendance: 2250
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