JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It took extras on Tuesday, but the Jacksonville University baseball team fell just short against #3 Florida, falling 5-4 in 10 innings at John Sessions Stadium.
The Dolphins (3-4) struck out 12 Gators (6-3) tonight, and scored all four runs with two outs.
"I loved how competitive we were," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "I love how we battled at the plate and on the mound."
The Gators jumped out to an early lead, plating two in the first on a sacrifice fly and RBI double. It was 3-0 in the second before JU answered back.
The third inning was a big one for a variety of reasons. Florida's Wil Dalton lead off the inning, and took offense to a strike call. He was promptly ejected from the game, which led Gator head coach Kevin O'Sullivan to come out and ask for some clarification. Eventually he was tossed as well. Dolphin starter Austin Temple responded with his first one-two-three inning on the mound, setting up the bottom half of the inning for the offense.
Jacksonville put the leadoff man on when Dakota Julylia reached on an error. Scott Dubrule followed that up with a single, before the next two Dolphin bats were retired. Cory Garrastazu stepped up and ripped a ball to right that got past Dalton's replacement in right. Both runs scored as Garrastazu legged out a triple to give JU a 4-3 lead.
Both pitching staffs settled down after that, with two Florida freshmen combining to shut out the Dolphins the rest of the way and five JU pitchers allowing two runs while stranding a grand total of nine Florida baserunners on the evening.
UF managed to tie it in the seventh, with a one-out single followed by a double to right. In the 10th, Chris Mauloni (0-1) walked a batter with one out and another double to right plated him for what proved to be the game winning run.
Jacksonville heads on the road for the first time in 2019, when the Dolphins travel to Orlando for a three game weekend series with UCF starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.