Jacksonville Scratches Out Extra-Inning Win at Florida State

Jacksonville Scratches Out Extra-Inning Win at Florida State

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jacksonville University baseball tied it late, and pushed ahead in the 11th for a 3-2 win over Florida State at Dick Howser Stadium on Tuesday.
 
Jacob Southern drove in two and scored the game-winning run for the Dolphins (19-10), who picked up a win over the Seminoles for the first time since 2016.
 
"We definitely did not make it easy for ourselves," said Head Coach Chris Hayes. "We found ways to scratch and claw all the way to that last out.
 
"I'm proud of the effort, but we have to still keep working to clean up the execution."
 
The game started as a pitcher's duel, with no one scoring until the fifth. Florida State picked up a bunt single and then a home run to left put them in front 2-0.
 
Other than the deep fly, Austin Temple set the tone on the mound for the second Tuesday in a row. He scattered five hits over 5.2 innings, while striking out a career-best seven.
 
JU answered back to start the sixth. Angel Camacho reached on an error to start the frame and Scott Dubrule singled to left. Two batters later, Southern fouled off four two-strike pitches before singling to left to plate Camacho and bring JU within one, 2-1.
 
Two innings later, Jacksonville tied it at two when Camacho doubled to right to lead off the inning and with two outs, Southern again delivered, roping a double to the left field corner.
 
The bullpen was outstanding all night, with Jagger McCoy relieving Temple in the sixth and striking out two over 2.1 innings without allowing a hit. Nick Love (2-0) came in in the ninth, and worked a perfect two innings with three strikeouts, all looking.
 
Southern started off the 11th with his third hit of the night, a double that one-hopped off the wall in left. Cory Garrastazu, with two strikes, slashed a single through the right side to plate Southern and give JU its first lead of the night, 3-2.
 
Zach Bryant didn't allow a baserunner in the bottom half to pick up his sixth save of the year.
 
"Those four guys on the mound did a great job," said Hayes. "It was great to see Austin Temple show what he can do and then Jagger, Nick and Zach, they've been so consistent for us.
 
"We won today because of those guys on the mound."
 
Jacksonville improved to 4-1 on this current eight game road trip, and have won all four of those by taking the lead in the seventh inning or later. The Dolphins also improved to 2-1 in extra-inning games this season, all of them being played on Tuesday nights.
 
JU wraps the road trip with a three-game set at North Florida starting this Friday at 6 p.m.

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