DeLand Dispatches: Hats Off To StetsonAt The Ballpark
• South Floridians help Stetson hold of Hartford
• Oklahoma State gets back on track with emphatic win over South Florida
DELAND, Fla. – The Hurricanes didn’t make an NCAA regional this year, but Miami was certainly in the house on a historic night at Stetson University.
Two Miami kids – Joey Gonzalez and Jorge Arenas – played major roles on Friday as 11th-ranked Stetson held off feisty, fourth-seeded Hartford 8-3 in the second game of this DeLand regional. Oklahoma State defeated South Florida 9-2 in the opener on Friday afternoon.
“Coach (Steve) Trimper loves Miami guys,” Gonzalez said after allowing just two runs, one earned, in six innings. “We’re good baseball players. We love to compete, and there’s a certain swagger about Hispanic players. It’s fun.”
As for the history made on Friday, this is the first time Stetson (46-11) has ever hosted a regional, and the Hatters played as advertised, getting stellar pitching and some late offense to run the nation’s longest active win streak to 16 games.
The Hatters would tie the school record for longest Stetson winning streak – set in 1994 – if they are able to beat Oklahoma State in Saturday’s winner’s-bracket game.