Stetson mocks 'mighty Gators' as Florida declines to resume game after rain delay

The Gators were losing 10-1 in the top of the fifth, but Stetson wasn't allowed to get the three outs it needed to make the game official.

The Stetson baseball team is 13-17 this season, losing series to the likes of Fairfield, Seton Hall and Southern Illinois. So the Hatters were understandably disappointed when the rains came in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday night as they led eighth-ranked Florida, 10-1.

That disappointment turned to anger when, in Stetson's view, the Gators "refused" to take the field once the inclement weather passed — resulting in the game being canceled and a likely Florida loss erased from the books.

A story posted on Stetson's athletics website didn't hold back in offering up its take on the proceedings.

The players were cleared from the field, but the Florida grounds crew did not immediately roll the tarp out. It was not until rain started falling heavily that the crew started to move toward the tarp. With the help of the Stetson coaches, the tarp was deployed at 8:40 p.m., 25 minutes into the delay.

At 9:55 p.m., Florida announced that the game would not be resumed and that no makeup would be scheduled. At that point, the rain had completely stopped falling.

It should be noted that this was the second meeting between the teams this season. Florida prevailed 9-8 in 11 innings at Stetson on March 21, using seven pitchers to navigate the midweek marathon.

Stetson said Florida "balked" at resuming Tuesday's game on one of two mutual open dates in May because they were too close to the SEC Tournament, leaving the Hatters with nothing except perhaps the moral high ground.

The last word from Stetson's communications department:

"So, the Stetson Hatters will have to be happy with knowing that they beat the mighty Gators into submission, even though they won't get the win, or the stats, to show for their efforts."

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