FORT MYERS, Fla. – In one of the strongest showings of the season, Jacksonville University (13-16, 1-1 ASUN) had 21 hits against #9 Florida Gulf Coast University (24-4, 1-1 ASUN). The Dolphins defeated the Eagles 10-5 Saturday to even up the season series at 1-1. The two teams will vie off for the series win Sunday at 1 p.m.
"It was an extremely competitive ball game today, and it was nice to see the bats wake up," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "We were able to put together some quality at-bats all day, and it just finally showed there at the end of the game. DeWitt and Someillan have been working extremely hard all year, and they've been doing a great job when they're called upon. It was great to see their success today."
Chris Gau and FGCU starter Josh Dye mirrored each other in the first inning, each allowing a hit but no runs to score. Then Seth DeWitt came up to bat with one out in the top of the second. The senior from Jacksonville Beach, Fla., fought through 11 pitches before slamming a solo bomb well over the left field fence. Gau held the Eagles scoreless in the bottom of the inning, and after two JU led 1-0.
The Eagles tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third when a leadoff double was scored by a Dolphin error, and FGCU took a 2-1 lead in the fourth a leadoff single, a passed ball, and a double to left. After four FGCU led 2-1.
The Dolphins answered in the fifth with two runs of their own. Ruben Someillan singled up the middle, the first of his four hits on the day, and Dakota Julylia and Nathan Koslowski followed his example with singles of their own. Someillan scored on Koslowski's single through the right side, and Scott Dubrule drove in Julylia on a groundout to shortstop. FGCU couldn't answer in the bottom of the inning, and after five JU led 3-2.
The Eagles' most impressive inning came in the sixth. A leadoff single was advanced to second on a groundout, then scored on a triple to left. Matt Meyer came in to relieve Gau, and was immediately tripled on to score the second Eagle run of the inning. A first-pitch single off Meyer scored the final run of the inning, and FGCU led 5-3.
After the sixth inning Meyer and Tyler Santana held the Eagles scoreless, allowing just four hits while striking out four batters.
A Dubrule single to lead off the eighth sparked the Dolphin comeback. He was followed by a single from Sam Armstrong, a single by DeWitt that scored Dubrule, a single by Mike Cassala that scored Armstrong, and a single by Chris Lehane that looked like it might score Connor Stephens, who pinch ran for DeWitt. But the FGCU left fielder threw home just in time to catch Stephens, and though Someillan garnered his third hit of the game, JU couldn't score any more in the eighth. After eight the game was tied 5-5.
The hit parade continued in the ninth with a leadoff single to left by Koslowski. He advanced to second on a groundout from Dubrule, and advanced to third on a single by Angel Camacho. Armstrong singled home Koslowski, and Evan Fernandez loaded the bases with a pinch hit single. With one out and the bases loaded Cassala doubled to right center on a 1-1 count, scoring all three Dolphin base runners. Lehane flew out to right field, and Someillan scored the final run of the game on his fourth hit of the day. Santana got a 1-2-3 inning on a fly out to center that involved some incredible acrobatics by Someillan, a pop out, and a strikeout to end the game. The final from Swanson Stadium: JU 10, #9 FGCU 5