Two days of rain and two instances of pulling the tarp on and off the infield this past weekend at Patricia Wilson Field left the outfield considerbly soaked for the final few innings of Stetson's series finale against ETSU.
The wet conditions did not deter freshman left fielder K.K. Woolington from making a potential game-saving catch in the top of the seventh inning. With runners at second and third and only one out, the Tallahassee-native left her feet to snare a sinking line drive off the bat of ETSU junior Katie Wolff.
"That was a spectacular catch, it helped save some runs," Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said. "The ball was curving, it was a line drive, and she had to dive forward, which is the most difficult dive to make. She got the job done."
Woolington said because of the slick conditions the outfielders were focused on staying in front of the ball.
"The ball was coming hard and it was really low, and I knew had to get over to it fast," Woolington said. "I knew I had to dive to catch it."
The grab helped preserve Stetson's 7-3 victory over ETSU, setting up a showdown Wednesday between the Hatters (28-18) and the Jacksonville Dolphins (30-18), two teams tied for sixth-place in Atlantic Sun Standings with identical 11-11 marks. Only the top six teams in the league advance to next month's conference tournament, and only five games remain for the Hatters.
"This is a very important game and we need to win it," Woolington said.
Woolington has started 22 straight games for the Hatters, helping to fill a spot vacated by the injury to senior Chelsea Whalley. Woolington also missed several games early in the season with an injury, and said she has been feeling more comfortable in left field as she gets more innings under her belt.
"I feel a lot better now than in the beginning because coming off an injury, I was kind of apprehensive," Woolington said.
"She has done a great job for us defensively," Griffin said.
Stetson defeated Jacksonville twice back on on Apr. 10, igniting the Hatters' current run of eight wins in the last 10 games. Wednesday's game begins a four-game road trip which includes a three-game series at Lipscomb this weekend.
Stetson will conclude the regular season on May 1 at home against UNF.
The Dolphins only have three games remaining after Wednesday, all at home this weekend vs. UNF.
First-pitch Wednesday at the JU Softball Complex is scheduled for 5 p.m. Due to construction at the facility, no live broadcast will be available, but fans can follow along with live stats and a live blog on GoHatters.com. As always, twitter updates and Hat-Alert text messages will also be available.
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* - clinched A-Sun tournament berth