A-Sun: Down Goes Stetson

By Bryan App - May 24, 2007

How appropriate is it that a rainbow began to form just behind the Jacksonville dugout just as the Dolphins wrapped up a 4-1 win against top-seeded Stetson? By the time the teams finished congratulating each other, the end of the rainbow appeared just beyond the Hatters' dugout. Stetson's pot of gold: it could have to win double headers Friday and Saturday in order to win the A-Sun tournament.

The hosting Hatters seem to have the pitching do make such a run. Offensively, however, it looks pretty grim. Stetson managed just one run outside of a three-run eighth inning last night and scored once against the Dolphins while effectively squandering two bases-loaded opportunities.

Like A-Sun Pitcher of the Year Corey Kluber last night, Stetson's Chris Ingoglia (29-5 all-time at home) shined on the mound, striking out 12, including every batter in the Dolphins lineup, in 7 2/3 innings. And pitching talent won't fall off too much with Jake Hitchcock (5-1, 3.90 ERA), who likely will start for the Hatter's in their 11 a.m. Friday game against the loser of tonight's Belmont-Mercer match-up.

Jacksonville's Matt Davis struck out six for the complete-game win. The Dolphins will face fifth-seeded Gardner-Webb at 3 p.m. Friday in an elimination game.

Up next -- for all you Bruins fans -- is third-seeded Belmont and Second-seeded Mercer at 7:15 p.m. Blake Quarles (2-3, 6.02 ERA) will start for Mercer, while Carlo Testa (3-7, 4.73 ERA) will take the mound for the visiting Bruins.

Posted by Bryan App at 06:23 PM on May 24, 2007

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