JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In a Friday Night Fight for the ages, Michael Baumann was just a bit better than Stetson's ace Brooks Wilson, striking out seven in eight innings of work while allowing just one run to score. Jacksonville University (27-18, 11-2 ASUN) defeated Stetson University (20-26, 8-5 ASUN) 2-1 in the first of three games between the Dolphins and Hatters in John Sessions Stadium. The win put JU in sole possession of first place in the ASUN with just eight games left in conference play.
"That's Friday night baseball in collegiate baseball," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "That's as good a game as can be played. Michael Baumann stepped up and showed why he's one of the best pitchers in the ASUN. We kept stacking quality at-bats tonight and fighting in the box, and good things happened. Stetson's guy was unbelievable tonight, but Evan did a really good job catching his one mistake tonight, hitting Wilson's hanging breaking ball into the gap."
The game was scoreless through five innings with just six hits allowed between the two pitchers, but Evan Fernandez broke the scoreless streak in the sixth. Angel Camacho got his second hit of the game on a single with one out, and advanced to second on Sam Armstrong's walk. Fernandez then doubled to left on Wilson's hanging breaking ball, scoring Camacho. An RBI single from Mike Cassala in the next at-bat gave JU a 2-0 advantage after six innings.
Baumann earned his third win of the year on six hits, one run earned, three walks, and seven strikeouts. The junior righty from Mahtomedi, Minn., now has 78 K's on the year and 232 in his career. The one run Baumann allowed came in the seventh inning. Austin Bogart tripled to right center field with one out and was singled home by Colton Lightner with two outs.
Spencer Stockton relieved Baumann in the ninth inning and struck out the first batter he faced. The next two batters singled off the junior from Wellington, Fla., but a fielder's choice got the trailing runner and was just a few seconds away from a double play. A groundout to Dakota Julylia at short ended the game, giving Stockton his fifth save of the season.
Casey Kulina (3-0, 2.30 ERA) will face Stetson's Jack Perkins (4-4, 2.52 ERA) Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. on mixlr.com/judolphins.
Tweetable Fin Facts
- Camacho stretched his hit streak to 16 games, and earned his 10th multi-hit game of the streak.