The Stetson baseball team whopped the Florida Gators on Tuesday night, but according to the record books, it never happened. Based on the story from the Hatters, that’s because the Gators refused to take the field after a rain delay.
Stetson built a 10-1 lead over No. 8 Florida in the fifth inning when it began to rain. The Hatters claim the Gators didn’t put the tarp on the field with much urgency and then refused to return to the field after the rain stopped.
Here’s what a story posted on Stetson’s athletic website said about what transpired:
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.
Florida has decided not to resume tonight's game and has refused to agree upon a day to continue. The game effectively did not happen.
— Stetson Baseball (@StetsonBaseball) April 5, 2017
Stetson said Florida “balked” at picking up Tuesday’s game on two common open in May because they were too close to the SEC Tournament. Since five innings were not complete in the game, if not rescheduled, it won’t go down as a loss for Florida.
All the Hatters can do is build upon this moral victory. Even the players stats will not count.
These two teams also met on March 21 at Stetson. Florida won, but 9-8 in 11 innings. Clearly, the Gators have seen enough of the pesky Hatters.