Coral Gables, Fla. – The Stetson baseball team will close out a stretch of eight consecutive road games tonight when the Hatters face off against No. 3 Miami at Mark Light Field.
The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra through the ESPN+ app with Alex Schwartz and Wicho Hernandez calling the action.
This will be the first meeting between the teams since 2018 when the teams were knotted at 1-1 in the fifth inning when thunderstorms put an end to the contest. The last completed game between the programs was during the 2016 NCAA Coral Gables Regional when Miami took a 4-2 victory.
The all-time series between Stetson and Miami dates back to 1947. The Canes have a 114-43 series lead, including a 73-17 lead in games played in Coral Gables. The last time Stetson won on Miami's home field was during the 1997 season.
With the game in 2018 not counting in the record books, this will be the first game against Miami while wearing a Stetson uniform for Hatters' coach Steve Trimper. He is 1-6 against the Canes in his career, with the victory coming during the 2014 season-opening series between Miami and Maine.
The game will also be a reunion for former long-time Stetson assistant coach Brandon Brewer, who now serves on the Miami coaching staff.
The Canes come into the game with a 31-9 record on the year, including a 22-5 mark at home. Miami is ranked third in the nation by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, D1Baseball.com, Baseball America and in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and is ranked second in the country by Collegiate Baseball.
The Hatters come into the game having dropped six straight, but looking to even their season record in mid-week contests. Stetson is currently 4-5 on the year in mid-week games.
To stop the slide, and get some momentum going into a big home series against Liberty this weekend, the Hatters will give the ball to sophomore left-hander Jonathan Gonzalez. The Miami native, who will make his ninth start of the year, leads the Hatters' pitching staff with 51 strikeouts in 49.1 innings of work. He comes into the game tonight with a 3-5 record on the season with a 5.29 ERA.
He will be opposed by sophomore right-hander Jake Garland. The Jupiter native will make his 10th start of the year and has a 6-1 record with a 2.19 ERA in his nine previous outings. He threw 7.0 shutout innings against Bethune-Cookman in his last outing on April 19.
The Miami offense is also led by sophomores with infielder CJ Kafus (.375) and outfielder Jacob Burke (.340) leading the way. They are two of four Miami players tied for the team lead with 38 RBI on the year. As a team, the Canes are hitting .289 on the year and they average 7.7 runs per game.
The Hatters will finally return to Melching Field on Friday to open a three-game weekend series against Liberty. Saturday will be a big day as Stetson will not only honor the seven newest members of the Athletics Hall of Fame, but it will also be Senior Day for 10 members of the Stetson program.