JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The No. 2 seed Jacksonville earned a hard-fought victory in the second game of the 2018 ASUN Conference Baseball Championship as the Dolphins defeated Lipscomb 9-6 on Wednesday afternoon.
It was a back and forth game at Harmon Stadium as both teams took turns taking the lead before the Dolphins emerged victorious to advance into the winner's bracket at the ASUN Championship. Jacksonville's offense continued to stay hot as they registered double-digit hits for the seventh time in their last eight contests.
The Dolphins opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as they scored three runs on four hits, highlighted by a Sam Armstrong double into the left-center gap. Angel Camacho collected an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the inning as well. Lipscomb battled right back with two runs in the second and tied the contest in the third as senior Lee Solomon stole two bases and came home on an RBI groundout from Jeffrey Crisan.
Lipscomb took its first lead of the afternoon when Jake Perry slugged his seventh homer of the season in the fourth inning to make it 4-3 in favor of Lipscomb. The seesaw battle continued when Ruben Someillan hit a two-run single up the middle to give Jacksonville a 5-4 lead. Those two runs were answered right back in the next half inning when Crisan slugged a no-doubter to left field for a two-run shot to make it a 6-5 Lipscomb lead.
First Team All-Conference selection, Camacho didn't waste any time to give Jacksonville the lead once again as he connected on his fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left center field that put the Dolphins up 7-6. Jacksonville's starter Chris Gau settled down and tossed two scoreless innings to keep Jacksonville in the lead before the Dolphins added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on a Franco Guardiscione RBI single to center and one in the eighth when Connor Stephens drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Dolphins will be back in action on Thursday night at 7 PM against the winner of Wednesday's final contest, either No. 3 Kennesaw State or No. 4 North Florida. The Bisons will face elimination on Thursday morning as they take on No. 6 NJIT at 11 AM at Harmon Stadium.
No. 2 Jacksonville vs. No. 5 Lipscomb Additional Notes
- Jacksonville's offense has been on fire in the last couple of weeks. They have recorded 10 or more hits in seven of their last eight games. Jacksonville's nine runs today are the most the Dolphins have scored in an ASUN Championship since 2010.
- Angel Camacho extended his ASUN lead a top the RBI charts as he drove in three runs today. He now has 54 RBI on the season.
- Scott Dubrule recorded a multi-hit game for the 25th time this season as he went 2-for-3 today. Dubrule now has 78 total hits this season.
- Jeffrey Crisan and Jake Perry each hit homers today to tie for the team lead with seven on the season. Lipscomb leads the ASUN now with 42 home runs as a team.
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