Feb. 24, 2010

Courtesy of Stetson Athletics

DELAND, Fla. –
The Hatters swept a doubleheader from Siena Tuesday giving them a 3-1 series win and head coach Pete Dunn the 1,100th win of his career. Stetson won the first game 13-10 and took the nightcap 10-3.

Senior designated hitter Aaron Crittenden (Fort Myers, Fla.) was the hitting hero in game two with a 4-for-5 effort that included a double, four RBI and his first home run of the season. Sophomore Mark Jones (Palm Coast, Fla.) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. Also coming up with multiple hits was junior Jacob deGrom (DeLeon Springs, Fla.) with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

Senior Kyle Maulbetsch (Jacksonville, Fla.) pitched a gem for the Hatters giving up four hits and no runs, while striking out two batters in six complete innings of work. He picked up his first win of the season in his inaugural appearance. Freshman Kurt Schluter (Jupiter, Fla.) followed with 1 2/3 innings allowing two runs and striking out four. Senior Ian Thompson (St. Petersburg, Fla.) allowed one run and two hits before Tucker Donahue (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Robbie Powell (Punta Gorda, Fla.) closed the game out scoreless. Donahue struck out one batter and Powell wiffed two.

In game one sophomore Spencer Theisen (Longwood, Fla.) and freshman Ryan Lashley (Lake Worth, Fla.) led the way with three hits each. Theisen was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored while Lashley was 3-for-4 with two RBI and four runs scored. Mark Jones was 2-for-4 with a team-high four runs batted in.

Stetson took control early with eight runs on six hits in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Nick Rickles (Loxahatchee, Fla.) had two hits including a leadoff single through the right side and a double to left. In the 3rd Stetson added two more runs to increase the lead to 10-0. Jacob deGrom and Lashley led off with back-to-back doubles. deGrom scored on Lashley’s hit and Lashley crossed the plate after an RBI single to left center by Theisen.

The Saints refused to give up and worked their way back into the game with five runs in the 5th off of starting pitcher Will Dorsey (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) and two more in the 6th against reliever Nick Bohne (Melbourne, Fla.) to make the score 11-8.

Stetson added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom half of the 7th. Lashley singled through the left side to start things off and Jeff Simpson (Valrico, Fla.) followed with an infield single. After Theisen moved the runners over, Jones ripped a double down the right field line for two RBI.

Dorsey pitched five complete innings striking out three and picking up his first win of the season in his first appearance. Bohne threw 1 1/3 and Jake Boyd (West Palm Beach, Fla.) tossed 2/3 of an inning. Justin Dechert (Boynton Beach, Fla.) added 1 1/3 and struck out three batters, and closer deGrom picked up his second save of the season after striking out one batter.

Next up for Stetson is a trip to Athens to take on the University of Georgia. The Hatters and Bulldogs will play a three game set beginning Friday, February 26, 2010 at 5:00p.m. Hatters fans can catch the audio broadcast on Hatter Vision by going to www.gohatters.com. Bill Topping will call the action.