DELAND, Fla. - In one of the longest and craziest games in ASUN Conference Baseball Championship history, No. 4 Jacksonville outlasted No. 3 Lipscomb by the final score of 12-11 in 10 innings. The game took four hours and 50 minutes, falling just 16 minutes shy of tying the all-time record for longest game in the ASUN postseason.
Trailing 8-2 in the fifth, Jacksonville (31-25; 13-11) posted an eight-run inning to take a 10-8 lead, capitalized by a two-run double off the bat of First Team All-Conference member Dakota Julylia. Julylia's hit was the first run scoring play of the day for the Dolphins that came off a hit with the previous runs all coming off errors and walks. The JU shortstop later scored the go-ahead run in next at-bat on a wild pitch that made the score 9-8.
The Jacksonville bullpen cruised along until the eighth inning, holding an 11-8 lead going into the home half where Lipscomb (30-24, 14-10) came to the plate. The Bisons struck for three runs in the half-inning, tying the game at 11 on an RBI infield single from David Graves. The go-ahead run reached as far as third base before Josh Martinez struck out in a pinch-hit appearance.
Both teams went down quietly in the ninth with 1-2-3 innings before Jacksonville led off the 10th with a double from Cory Heffron, advancing to third on a fielding error by the Lipscomb center fielder. On the next pitch, Cory Garrastazu laced a single up the middle that brought in Heffron to give the Dolphins the lead back. Garrastazu made his way to third before the inning ended, not allowing JU to add insurance in a one-run affair.
Lipscomb got two runners on in the bottom half of the tenth before Von Watson came to the plate. Working a full count, Watson forced JU closer Zach Bryant to extended work before the Second Team All-Conference selection struck out the Bisons batter on a fastball down the middle of the plate.
Jacksonville gets the benefit of the winner's bracket now, facing Liberty tomorrow night at 7 PM ET on ESPN+ in the only matchup of the second day featuring two teams who won in the opening round. For Lipscomb, the Bisons look to stave off elimination with a matchup vs. Stetson at 3 PM ET on ESPN+. The sixth seed in the postseason, Stetson upset top-seed FGCU in its first contest.
Jacksonville vs. Lipscomb Game Notes
- The first extra-inning contest in the ASUN Baseball Championship since 2016 when Lipscomb lost to North Florida 1-0 in 10 innings
- The first time both teams scored 10+ runs in the same ASUN Championship game since 2010 when ETSU defeated FGCU 12-10
- Garrastazu's lone hit in the game provided the winning run in the 10th inning; ended the game going 1-5 at the plate with an RBI
- Bryant's save marked his 12th of the season. That puts him one behind current ASUN leader Vlad Nunez of Stetson who has notched 13 saves