DELAND, Fla. - In a matchup of the two highest-ranked RPI teams in the ASUN Conference, fourth-seeded Jacksonville used a three-run 10th inning to take down second-seed Liberty and advance into the winner's bracket final tomorrow afternoon.
Leading 5-1 in the seventh, Jacksonville looked to be cruising to victory before ASUN Player of the Year Jonathan Embry hit a two-run home run for Liberty to make it a 5-3 contest. That was not all of the scoring for the Flames in that inning as the team rallied for three more to take a 6-5 lead with a Tyler Galazin infield single past the pitcher's mound supplying the go-ahead run for the designated home team.
Jacksonville responded right back, adding a run on the board vs. First Team All-Conference reliever Evan Brabrand as Scott Dubrule roped a line drive into the outfield to bring home the tying run for the Dolphins. Each team had chances to then take the game in regulation, but could not scoot the winning run across the plate, forcing the game into extras for the second-straight night for JU.
Once again in the 10th though, Jacksonville found a way to get on the board as First Team All-Conference honoree Angel Camacho recorded a sac fly before Jacob Southern pounded a fly ball into the left-center gap to bring home two more, upping his RBI total to five in the game. Jacksonville closer Zach Bryant was able to lock down the game for the final three outs, notching a 1-2-3 bottom of the tenth to send JU into the Winner's Bracket Final tomorrow afternoon.
Due to the length of tonight's game, the ASUN Baseball Championship schedule for Friday has been adjusted to start times of 1 PM ET, 4 PM ET and 7 PM ET. Jacksonville faces Stetson in the 1 PM contest, streamed live on ESPN+. Liberty moves into the loser's bracket and faces North Florida at 4 PM, also on ESPN+. The third game tomorrow will be between the loser of game one and winner of game two, set for 7 PM ET.
Liberty vs. Jacksonville Game Notes
- Jonathan Embry's home run was the first of the ASUN Championship since FGCU and Stetson had two in the opening game of the tournament
- Liberty came into the game as the highest-ranked RPI team in the ASUN at 47th; Jacksonville was second, ranked at 77th
- Jacob Southern's five RBIs are the most by one player in a single game during this ASUN Championship; the championship single-game record is seven
- Dakota Julylia's four hits were the second-most in one game of his career; Julylia leads JU with six three-hit contests this season