LakePoint, Ga. - For the first time since 2013, the ASUN Conference will feature two baseball squads in the NCAA Tournament. Stetson and Jacksonville open up NCAA play on Friday evening. The Hatters, the No. 1 seed in the DeLand Regional, host No. 4 Hartford at 7 PM at Melching Field, while JU, the No. 2 seed in the Gainesville Regional, takes on in-state foe No. 3 Florida Atlantic at 6:30 PM ET.
The Hatters, the No. 11 national seed, roll into the NCAA Tournament as the hottest team in the country, as they hold the nation's longest active win streak at 15-straight games. Last weekend, Stetson started postseason action by sweeping through the ASUN Championship, which included a thrilling come from behind walk-off victory over Jacksonville and a three-hit shutout of North Florida in the ASUN Championship Final. Stetson is lead by their dominant pitching staff, which is headlined by the three-headed monster of Logan Gilbert, Jack Perkins and Mitchell Senger. Gilbert and Perkins lead the way with 10 wins a piece, while Gilbert also is second in the nation in strikeouts with 143. Senger holds a stellar 8-2 record with a 2.65 ERA and is second on the team in strikeouts with 107. At the back end, Head Coach Steve Trimper boasts one of the best closers in the nation in Brooks Wilson. Wilson is tied for the NCAA lead in saves with 20, just four off the NCAA record. As a staff, the Hatters lead the country with a 2.58 ERA. Wilson also gets it done at the dish. As Stetson's designated hitter, Wilson is hitting .287 with four homers, 27 RBI and 14 doubles this season. He also leads the team with a .399 OBP. The Hatters also are led by Mike Spooner, Jacob Koos and recently Eric Foggo. Spooner and Koos have combined for 108 hits, 80 runs, 61 RBI, 28 doubles and a .284 average. The freshman Foggo has come on late in the season for Stetson. The ASUN Championship MVP, Foggo has batted .333 over his last 11 games raising his average from .183 to .245.
Jacksonville has enjoyed their best season under Head Coach Chris Hayes this season by going 39-19, just four wins shy of the program single-season record. The Dolphins finished second in the ASUN behind Stetson with a record of 14-6. JU boasts the best offense in the ASUN as they are the leaders in several major categories including runs, hits, RBI, walks, total bases, BA, OBP and they sit second in SLG%. Angel Camacho and Scott Dubrule are the big boppers in the middle of the Dolphins' lineup. They have combined for over 100 RBIs this season and sits as the only duo in the ASUN to do so. They are the first JU players since Connor Marabell in 2015 to eclipse the 50-RBI plateau. On the mound, the Dolphins also have a formidable trio of their own with Chris Gau, Tyler Santana and Spencer Stockton. Gau has been the Friday night starter this season for JU, going 8-3 with a 2.65 ERA and 91 strikeouts. Santana is tied for ASUN lead in wins with 10 and also carries a 3.29 ERA. Stockton is 8-5 this season with a 3.57 ERA. In his last time out, Stockton twirled 8.1 innings, allowing just three earned runs en route to a win over North Florida. The Dolphins also feature one of the best closers in the nation in freshman Chris Mauloni, who has 20 saves and is tied with Stetson's Wilson for the NCAA lead. Mauloni sits tied for the ASUN single-season record and owns the Jacksonville career record for saves.
Record: 39-19; 14-6
Record in NCAA Tournament: 10-26 (NCAA D-I Appearances; 1972, '76, '89, '91, '94, '95, '99, 2001, '03, '06, '07, '09, '11)
- Jacksonville is making its 14th appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament and its first appearance since 2011. As the No. 2 seed in the Gainesville Regional, it is JU's highest seed in program history. The Dolphins are 10-26 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
- The Dolphins' last two appearances in the NCAA Tournament have come in the Gainesville Regional. This is their fourth appearance all-time in the Gainesville Regional.
- Angel Camacho (56) & Scott Dubrule (52) have combined for over 100 RBI this season, the only ASUN duo to reach that mark. They are the first Dolphins to reach 50 since Connor Marabell had 54 RBI in 2015.
- Dubrule comes into the NCAA Tournament on a tear. In his last seven games, he's hitting .384 with 14 hits, 7 RBIs, 7 runs, 3 SBs and a .607 OBP.
- Freshman closer Chris Mauloni has been one of the best in the nation this season. He set a new single season and career program records with 20 saves, which is tied for first in the nation. His 13.20 K/9 ratio is the best on the team.
- Junior Chris Gau has been the workhorse on the mound for the Dolphins. The Friday night starter has pitched 105.1 innings so far, including two complete games. His 2.65 ERA ranks seventh in the ASUN.
- Jacksonville is 18-20 all-time against Florida Atlantic, 3-2 all-time vs. Columbia and 33-55 all-time against Florida. The Dolphins split the season series with the Gators with a 10-3 loss (Mar. 21) and an 8-4 win (April 17).
Record: 45-11; 15-3
Record in NCAA Tournament: 18-34 (NCAA D-I Appearances; 1982, '84, '88, '89, '90, '92, '96, '97, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '05, '06, '07, '11, '16)
- Stetson makes its 18th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament with an all-time record of 18-34. The Hatters are the first team in ASUN history to host a regional and earn a national seed.
- The Hatters' 45 wins are third-most in program history, just three shy of tying the record of 48 set back in 2000. Their 45 wins sit tied for 11th most in ASUN history; the record is 54 set by FAU in 1999.
- With alums like Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom, this year's version of the Hatters also carries that pitching excellence. They enter the NCAA Tournament with a minuscule 2.58 staff ERA, and allow only 6.67 hits per nine innings leading the NCAA in both categories.
- A semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Logan Gilbert is the ace of the Stetson pitching staff. He ranks second in the nation with 143 Ks. His ERA sits at 2.53 currently and has a record of 10-1. For his career Gilbert owns a 22-2 record with 293 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA.
- One of the top two-way players in the nation, Brooks Wilson enters the ASUN Championship with 20 saves on the season, a new ASUN single-season record. He also is batting .287 with 14 doubles and 27 RBI.
- Joey Gonzalez holds the team's best ERA among starting pitchers as he enters this week's postseason with a 1.77 mark. He picked up midweek wins against #14 Florida State and #24 UCF this season.
- Freshman Eric Foggo was named ASUN Championship MVP, hitting .400 with 4 RBIs and 4 runs scored. For the season he is hitting .245 with 5 homers and 24 knocked in.