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Hatters face Kennesaw State tonight in ASUN Championship tournament

The Stetson Hatters take on Kennesaw State on Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. in the ASUN Championship tournament, after defeating Lipscomb on Saturday in Nashville.

When play began on Saturday, the Stetson Hatters still had a chance at a share of the ASUN Championship. That evaporated with Jacksonville’s win over North Florida, but the Hatters still took care of their business, taking a 4-1 victory over Lipscomb.

Hatters pitcher Logan Gilbert

Hatters sophomore Logan Gilbert worked seven innings on Saturday, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts.

The Hatters improved to 27-27 overall with the win and 15-6 in league play, good for second place. The Bisons fell to 27-26 overall, 9-12 in the league. Lipscomb will be the No. 6 seed in the tournament this week and will face Jacksonville.

Stetson, as the No. 2 seed, will entertain Kennesaw State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the ASUN Tournament, which takes place Wednesday through Saturday, May 24-27, at Melching Field in DeLand.

Hatters sophomore Logan Gilbert, as he has done all year, kept the Bisons off the bases and off the scoreboard on Saturday in posting his league-leading 10th win of the year. He worked seven innings, allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts.

Austin Bogart got the Hatters started in the second inning with a two-out double off Lipscomb starter Dayton Tripp (3-4), scoring Austin Hale for an early 1-0 lead.

The Hatters pushed their lead to 2-0 in the third when Mike Spooner drove a single through the infield with two out to score Nico Torino.

Lipscomb cut the Stetson lead in half in the bottom of the third when Allan Hooker, who came into the game after Hunter Hanks was hit by a pitch in the first, delivered a two-out single to score Michael Gigliotti.

Hatters give high fives during game against Lipscomb

With Saturday’s win, the Hatters enter the ASUN Championship tournament as the No. 2 seed on Wednesday in DeLand.

Gilbert picked up his 100th strikeout of the year to close out the inning, getting freshman Ryan McHale for the milestone. Stetson is the first team in ASUN history to have three pitchers record at least 100 strikeouts in a season as Gilbert joined with Brooks Wilson (122) and Jack Perkins (107).

The Hatters are also just the eighth team in the NCAA since 2002 to have three pitchers with 100 or more strikeouts in the same season.

Stetson added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning off Lipscomb reliever Adam Stewart. Jorge Arenas came up big again with a two-run single, scoring Andrew MacNeil and Spooner for a 4-1 Stetson lead.

Junior Ben Onyshko came in to pitch for Stetson in the eighth inning, putting the Bisons down in order with a pair of strikeouts. That turned out to be the final inning of the game as expected thunderstorms rolled in before the ninth inning could be completed. For Onyshko, that meant his first career save.

MacNeil and Spooner led Stetson with two hits each. Blake Thomas produced two of the five hits for Lipscomb.

About Stetson University Athletics: Stetson University’s Athletics Program has a vision of developing a culture of champions athletically, academically and within the community. This vision is accomplished through a mission of recruiting and developing student-athletes, coaches and staff, creating a culture of champions, within and outside of competition. The department operates with five core values: Championship Culture, Integrity, Excellence, Pride/Tradition and Leadership. To learn more about the Vision, Mission and Core Values for Stetson Athletics, visit GoHatters.com and click on Mission Statement under the Inside Athletics tab.

-GoHatters.com

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