SAVANNAH, Ga. – Trailing by a run in the top of the ninth with two outs, an error allowed Jacksonville University (26-17, 10-2 ASUN) to force extra baseball at Savannah State (12-32, 3-15 MEAC). The Dolphins scored four runs in the 10th inning to earn an 11-7 victory over the Tigers, their fifth consecutive win in extra innings.
Jacksonville started the scoring early with a two-run homer in the first from Angel Camacho. The sophomore first basemen from Jacksonville, Fla., has now had at least one hit in 15 consecutive games, and has reached base in 17 straight. But Savannah State tied it up just as quickly with an RBI double and an RBI single in the bottom of the first. After one inning, the game was tied 2-2.
The second was scoreless for both teams, and a sac fly from Chris Gau that plated Camacho briefly gave JU a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the third. Two Dolphin errors and two Tiger hits swung momentum back in Savannah's favor, giving the Tigers a 5-3 lead after three as Andrew Ciocia relieved starter Mike Cassala.
Two singles and a sac bunt in the fourth stretched Savannah's lead to three runs, 6-3, giving the Tigers just enough cushion to maintain a one-run lead after an RBI grounder from Chris Lehane and an RBI single from Ruben Someillan put the score at 6-5 Savannah State in the top of the sixth.
The Tigers scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth on a one-out walk, a groundout that put the runner on third, and two singles. After six Savannah State led 7-5.
Scott Dubrule and Evan Fernandez drew walks to lead off the top of the seventh, and John Cassala loaded the bases with one out on a single to right field. A sac fly from Reagan Wright pulled JU within one run, 7-6, but a fielder's choice ended the Dolphin threat. Shane Wise, Matt Meyer, and Spencer Stockton held the Tigers scoreless for the rest of the game, allowing just three hits and no walks while striking out three.
Dubrule next appeared at the plate leading off in the top of the ninth. The freshman second baseman singled on a bunt, and stole second in the next at-bat. J. Cassala drew a walk with two outs, and Wright worked to a 3-2 count before hitting what looked like a pop fly to first base. The Tiger infielder dropped the ball, allowing Wright to reach safely and Dubrule to score. Savannah State stranded a runner on first on a batter's interference call, and the game went to extras tied 7-7.
Someillan led off the 10th with a double down the left field line, and was driven home on an RBI triple by Dakota Julylia, the first three bagger of his career. An error on the Tiger pitcher allowed Julylia to score and Dubrule to reach second, and an error by the Tiger second baseman allowed Fernandez to reach and Dubrule to score. A sac fly from Seth DeWitt scored Fernandez for the final run of the game. JU won 11-7.