Stetson & Jacksonville Secure NCAA Opening Round Victories

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LakePoint, Ga. - For the first time since 2003 the ASUN had two teams post opening round wins, as Stetson and Jacksonville secured victories on Friday night. Stetson, the No. 11 national seed, used some late inning magic to take down Hartford in the DeLand Regional, while JU got timely hitting to defeat Florida Atlantic in the Gainesville Regional. 

ASUN Baseball Schedule - Friday, June 1st
No. 1 Stetson 8, No. 4 Hartford 3
No. 2 Jacksonville 5, No. 3 Florida Atlantic 3

Despite a 45 minute lightning delay in the third inning, it was a pitcher's duel for the first five innings between the Hatters and Hawks. Only one run crossed the plate in the first five frames, which was a Stetson's Eric Foggo scampering home on a passed ball. Things got interesting in the top of the sixth, as Hartford took a 2-1 lead that was aided by a couple errors by the Hatters. Stetson wouldn't stay quiet for much longer, as they tagged the Hawks for two runs in the bottom half of the sixth, highlighted by a double off centerfield wall by Jorge Arenas. Hartford got another unearned run in the seventh to tie the game, but that would be the closest they would get for the rest of the game. Stetson took the lead in the bottom half of the inning when ASUN Player of the Year, Brooks Wilson, doubled down the right field line to make it 4-3. The Hatters tacked another run on two batters latter on a wild pitch. In the eighth, Stetson got three more insurance runs, two of which came off the bat of Wilson. He finished the game going 2-4 with three RBIs. Mitchell Senger came on out of the bullpen to pick up his ninth win of the year. The lefty southpaw tossed three innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out eight. The Hatters advance to the winners bracket where they will take on No. 3 Oklahoma State Saturday night at 7 PM ET. 

It didn't start out well for Jacksonville in their opening round game, but it is all about how you finish. FAU jumped on Dolphins' starter Chris Gau for two runs for the first, then for another on a home run in the fourth. Jacksonville would quickly respond in the bottom half when Sam Armstrong took the 3-2 offering over the right field wall for a two-run homer to cut the lead to 3-2. Just two batters later Cory Garrastazu tied things up when he golfed one out to right field. One inning later the Dolphins took the lead for good and it was no other than Armstrong who singled up the middle to score Scotty Dubrule. JU added an insurance run in the sixth on a Ruben Someillan single. After a rocky first inning, Gau settled down to toss 6.1 innings, allowing two earned, while striking out four. Freshman fireballer Trent Palmer came out of the 'pen to seal the victory for the Dolphins. Palmer fired 2.2 innings of no hit, no run ball to pick up just his second save of the season. The Dolphins advance to the winners bracket where they will take on No. 1 overall seed and defending National Champion, Florida at 7 PM ET Saturday night. The last time the Dolphins and the Gators met, Jacksonville handed Florida an 8-4 loss. 

ASUN Baseball Schedule - Saturday, June 2nd
No. 1 Stetson vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State - 7 PM ET
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 2 Jacksonville - 7 PM ET
 

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