# 4 Jacksonville
05/22/2021 | 2 o’clock in the afternoon
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jacksonville with fourth place on the grid used a rally with four starts in the ninth inning to win a 4-1 win over the FGCU baseball team with the highest starting value (27:19) in the first game of one of the best three ASUN quarter-finals inside ) to score at Swanson Stadium on Friday night.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 2 p.m. Should the Eagles win, they would force a third game at 1pm on Sunday, with all winners being won. The series winner advances to the final four of the next week.
“Thanks to Jacksonville. You made the winning games,” said FGCU head coach Dave Tollett said. “Mason was great tonight and it’s a shame we couldn’t do any more runs for him at the start of the game. Now it’s a win or a homecoming on Saturday.”
The Dolphins took off ninth with a single in the middle, then tried a perfectly placed sacrifice motley attempt to attract two without anyone straying from the FGCUs Mason Studstill. In the following game, a too short grounder resulted in a throwing error when the Eagles mistakenly tried to come out in second place. The tie run scored the game, and a three with two runs on the next bat put Jacksonville 3-1 ahead. An RBI groundout ended the evaluation.
Previously, Jacksonville was 6-0 with runners in goal and 28-28 against Studstill (Titusville, Florida / Rockledge HS / State of Eastern Florida / Miami)who retired eleven straight hitters and came in ninth place. Instead, he fell to 7-3 that season with a final line that included six hits, four runs (three earned), and a walk with five strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings.
FGCU scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning on an RBI single from left to left Johnny Long. The Eagles, however, fought outside of that hit and finished only 3:30 from the plate, 1:10 with two outs, 1:11 with runners on the base and 1: 9 with runners in rating position.
Outside of Long’s single, FGCU got one hit apiece Stephen Wilmer and Ian Farrow Tyler Jacksonana, who started off Jacksonville, struggled through five walks and a high number of pitches to get the first 6 2/3 innings with only one run allowed. Jagger McCoy (W, 2-3) finished seventh and walked the distance to take the win for relief.
The Eagles had several chances to add runs after taking the lead in the fourth. In the second round, a single, a passed ball, and a walk put the runners in second and third, but a pop-out ended the threat. Three walks in the third loaded the bases, but a turn to the right stopped that rally. Farrow (Merritt Island, Florida / Merritt Island HS) singled and finished second on an obstacle in sixth but was stranded.
For FGCU Joe Kinker (11), Brian Ellis (5) and Alejandro Figueredo (2) beat strips had an end Long (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier HS) pushed his streak to three, which is now a team best. Farrow pushed his base hit streak to 18, which is now a team high Kinker (Nordhafen, Fla./Venice HS) had snapped up his 20 game series.
Other ASUN quarter-finals on Friday night were Kennesaw State against Lipscomb 14-1, Liberty against Bellarmine 5-2 and North Florida against Stetson 5-4.
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FGCU trainer Dave Tollett currently has a 636-383-3 total record (.623) and a 211-115 record (.647) in the ASUN. He is the only head coach in program history and led the program on its first trip to the NCAA tournament in 2017. He is five-time ASUN coach of the year and has led the Greens and Blues to five regular season ASUN championships, an ASUN tournament championship. His team has been ranked multiple times nationwide, including ranked 9th in the country in 2017, and has 54 selections for all conferences, 33 draft picks, three current major leaguers, 13 current minor leaguers, and four ASUN pitchers trained by the year, four All-Americans, three ASUN Player of the Year, one National Freshman Player of the Year, one National Player of the Year, and a seven-time MLB All-Star.
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