NEWARK, N.J. – Overcoming an early lead by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (3-23, 0-4 ASUN) and a wild ninth inning, Jacksonville University (16-16, 3-1 ASUN) took down the Highlanders 13-11 Friday in the 10th inning in the first of three games at the Bears and Eagles Riverfront Park. Reagan Wright (four hits), Alex Seifert (three hits), and Dakota Julylia (two hits) were especially dangerous in the 7, 8, and 9 slots.
"Reagan, Alex, and Dakota came through when we needed them, just like we've asked this team to do all year," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "It was great to see these guys produce like that tonight."
The Highlanders took an early 2-1 lead in the first with a two-run homer to right. JU responded with a two-run fourth on singles by Wright, Seifert, and Scott Dubrule, but NJIT tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on an error. The Dolphins retook the lead on singles by Chris Lehane and Wright in the fifth, and again NJIT knotted up the game in the sixth on a single and a double. After six innings JU and NJIT were tied 4-4.
A lot of offense came in an unconventional way in the seventh. Angel Camacho led off the inning with a single through the left side and reached second on a wild pitch, then was joined by Evan Fernandez and Lehane on walks. A sac fly from Ruben Someillan scored Camacho, a wild pitch scored Fernandez, and a double scored Lehane. Three more walks and the second hit-by-pitch of the night scored three more runs for JU before a flyout ended the Dolphin threat. After seven JU led 10-4.
Neither team scored in the eighth, and JU was able to expand its lead to seven runs, 11-4, on two hits in the ninth.
Momentum then swung wildly in NJIT's favor as the Highlanders drew three walks, a wild pitch, and an error that helped NJIT score seven runs in the bottom of the ninth. The Highlanders tied the game 11-11 on the error, then Spencer Stockton forced a popout to end the inning.
With two outs in the 10th Wright again came through for JU, singling up the middle off the pitcher's foot. Seifert was walked, and Julylia placed a deep shot just a few inches off the centerfielder's glove to score both. Stockton struck out two and got a lineout to second, and the Dolphins won 13-11 in 10 innings. Casey Kulina takes the mound Saturday at 1 p.m. looking for his third victory of the season.