DELAND, Fla. - In the longest game by innings in ASUN Conference Baseball Championship history, No. 6 Stetson completed its run through the Winner's Bracket with a 6-1 extra-inning victory vs. No. 4 Jacksonville to move on into the ASUN Championship Final tomorrow afternoon.
The afternoon belonged to the arms on the mound for both teams as starters Austin Temple of Jacksonville and Chris Gonzalez of Stetson each went at least 10 innings in limiting the opposing side to one run. The lone run allowed by Temple came on a sac fly for Stetson while Duncan Hunter connected on a solo home run against Gonzalez in the second inning for what was the only hit for the Dolphins until the latter regular innings. The two pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and 259 pitches in the game with Gonzalez setting a new single-game record with 11 innings pitched in an ASUN Championship game.
Stetson's Danny Garcia and JU's Jagger McCoy picked up when the two starters exited, shutting out the opposition until the 16th inning when the Hatters finally connected for a run to take a 2-1 lead as Eric Foggo drove in Jacob Koos on a single. Stetson added four more insurance runs in the inning to seal the deal including a two-run single from backup catcher Benito Varela that squeaked by Defensive Player of the Year Dakota Julylia.
With the dramatic victory, Stetson moves to the ASUN Championship Final for the second-straight season as the reigning champions. Heading into the final game, the Hatters have now won seven games in a row in the ASUN Championship and are the first six-seed to make the Final since doing so themselves in 2016. Jacksonville has a chance to meet the Hatters again, facing off with the winner of Liberty and North Florida in tonight's triple-header nightcap with the winner moving on to the Title Game.
Jacksonville vs. Stetson Game Notes
- The 16-inning contest tied the longest ASUN Championship game, set by Stetson and Jacksonville in 2015 when the Hatters won by a score of 8-7
- Chris Gonzalez's 11 innings pitched are the most by one pitcher in a single game during the ASUN Championship; Austin Temple tied the previous mark with 10 frames
- Stetson and Jacksonville have played in the most and second-most extra-inning games in ASUN Championship history; Stetson has now played 13 with JU playing six
- Stetson's Eric Foggo now has four go-ahead RBIs over his last two games in the ASUN Championship; Foggo had three in the extra-inning win vs. Lipscomb yesterday