No. 2 South Florida Bulls vs No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State 6, South Florida 1
In the afternoon elimination contest, Oklahoma State starting pitcher Jonathan Heasley refused to watch his season come to an end. Heasley needed 120 pitches en route to a complete game, seven strikeout performance. He gave up just one run across the nine frames — it was unearned.
South Florida’s only run of the game came in the second inning on a throwing error by Heasley. The hot bats of David Villar and Coco Montes remained silent all afternoon, combining to go 1-of-8. Of the seven total hits, the Bulls managed just one extra-base hit, leading to their inability to push runners into scoring position.
As for Oklahoma State, Trevor Boone erupted for a duo of two-run home runs, one coming in the sixth inning and the other coming in the eighth. They were the ninth and tenth home runs of the year for the sophomore outfielder.
Up next for the Cowboys was a rematch against the Stetson Hatters.
#1 Stetson Hatters vs #3 Oklahoma State Cowboys
Stetson 11, Oklahoma State 1
In the night-cap in DeLand, history was made. The Stetson Hatters erupted for a 10-run third inning, paving the way for the first-ever trip to the Super Regionals in school history.
Stetson starting pitcher Jack Perkins went all nine innings and tied his career-high for strikeouts, fanning 13 Cowboys’ hitters. He allowed only three hits and walked one, leading the Hatters to a school-record 18th straight win. They’ve also reached a school record 48 wins on the season.
How did the Stetson offense manage 10 runs in one inning? Singles, lots of singles. Of the 12 hits for the Hatters, only two were extra-base hits. Jacob Koos and Jonathan Meola each chipped in three hits, all singles.
The pressures of hosting a regional for the first time had no effect on this Stetson team. In their three games, they struck out 40 hitters and allowed just three earned runs.
Stetson will now take on the University of North Carolina, the sixth seed in this tournament. Make sure you are watching when the Tar Heels’ explosive offense is matched up against Stetson’s Logan Gilbert. It will be one of the best games in the entire tournament. First-pitch times have yet to be announced.