UPDATE MONDAY, JUNE 4 AT 11:30 a.m.
The Stetson Hatters dominated over Oklahoma State with a 11-1 win Sunday evening during the final game of the 2018 NCAA DeLand Regional Tournament, becoming regional champions for the frist time in school history.
The Hatters scored 10 runs in a single inning, the most for the team since a 12-run inning against Bethune-Cookman on April 12, 2005, according to Ricky Hazel, associate athletic director for Stetson University.
The team now heads to the first Super Regional tournament in the school’s history, bringing them one step closer to the College World Series in Omaha.
Super Regional play will kick off Friday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina against the North Carolina Tar Heels. More details on those games will be announced later on.
— Anthony DeFeo
ORIGINAL STORY (posted Sunday afternoon) CONTINUES BELOW
The Stetson Hatters baseball team is heading to what could be the final game of the DeLand Regional tournament in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship at 7 p.m. Sunday, after 8-3 and 10-3 victories over the Hartford and Oklahoma State teams, respectively.
Friday evening at Melching Field, the Hatters outlasted the Hartford Hawks at the opening game of the DeLand Regional, earning an 8-3 victory. While the Hawks managed to keep the Hatters to just one run for the first five innings, the home team rallied later in the game, earning their 16th consecutive win.
The following day, the Hatters won an even more lopsided victory against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, with a 10-3 win. The Hatters scored fully half of those runs in the during a mad dash in the fifth inning, thanks in part to a three-run home run from shortstop Jorge Arenas.
As of early Sunday afternoon, the Hatters were waiting to learn who they’d be playing at 7 p.m. Stetson will face either Oklahoma State or South Florida, depending on who wins the 1 p.m. match between the two teams. Hartford has been eliminated from the tournament, following their second loss to South Florida in a Saturday game.
As both Oklahoma State and South Florida have already lost one game in the double-elimination tournament each, the loser of the 1 p.m. game will be eliminated from the tournament, leaving only Stetson and the winner of the 1 p.m. game.