Normally a loss to something called a Stetson in any college sport would be followed by a string of GIFs inquiring what exactly took place. But this year Stetson is the No. 11 national seed in the NCAA Tournament so it’s with respectability that OSU took a 10-3 loss to the Hatters (which have now won 17 in a row) late on Saturday night in DeLand, Florida.
The Hatters’ Logan Gilbert (11-1) — who came into the game with 143 strikeouts on the season ? — absolutely owned the Pokes. He surrendered just two runs and five hits in seven innings while striking out 14. In fact, of OSU’s 27 outs made offensively, 19 of them came via the strikeout, and three Pokes took a hat trick of Ks.
“Stetson played very well, and I give them a lot of credit,” said Josh Holliday. “You have to put a good solid all around game together to beat a club like that — especially a pitcher like Logan Gilbert — they were simply a better team.”
OSU starter Joe Lienhard gave up two runs in three innings before Jensen Elliott came in and gave up six in four innings. OSU finished the day with Noah Sifrit on the bump, and he gave up a run in two innings.
“That was going to need to be a game where we could match them pitch for pitch, back and forth,” added Holliday. “We weren’t able to do that.”
The two bright spots for OSU were Andrew Rosa, who went two for five with a double, a home run and two RBIs and Cade Cabbiness, who hit a homer in the seventh to pull OSU within five.
OSU gets South Florida in an elimination game at noon on Sunday. The winner will get Stetson on Sunday night and have to beat the Hatters both on Sunday and then again on Monday to advance to the super regional.
Checking in elsewhere in the regionals and yep, postseason college baseball is insane and I am here for all of it.
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