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Kurt Schluter picked up his first win of the season on Friday.
by: David S. Williams
Schluter Tosses Stetson Past Boston College, 5-3
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/21/2014
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DeLAND—Kurt Schluter tossed 6.1 solid innings and Stetson scored four runs in the fourth inning for a 5-3 win over Boston College, Friday at Melching Field.

Schluter (1-1) scattered nine hits and allowed two earned runs in gaining his 17th career victory. The senior right-hander struck out four and walked two in throwing 100 pitches.

The win also snapped Stetson’s season-opening four-game losing streak.

“Obviously Kurt gave us a quality start,” said head coach Pete Dunn. “He was much better tonight than he was during his outing last week against Ole Miss.”

After struggling in 2.2 innings against Ole Miss in the season opener last Friday, Schluter was in control from the start against the Eagles (3-2). He never faced more than five batters in any inning and retired the side in order in the second and sixth innings.

But as they have done in each game so far this season, the Hatters (1-4) fell behind early. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the third when Gabriel Hernandez led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Garrett Russini. Hernandez later scored on a sacrifice fly by Tom Bourdon.

Stetson answered back in the bottom of the inning, tying the game when Russini laced an RBI double, scoring Tyler Bocock.

The Hatters broke it open in the fourth, scoring four runs on three hits and pair of BC errors.

Darby McCormick was hit by a pitch leading off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Zech, who was ruled safe when the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. Robert Bruce next sacrificed the runners up one base. McCormick scored on a passed ball for a 2-1 lead, and Zech crossed the plate when BC third baseman Hernandez misplayed a chopper by Mitch Piatnik, giving Stetson a 3-1 edge.

Bocock doubled home Piatnik for a 4-1 advantage and first baseman Patrick Mazeika capped the scoring with a single, plating Bocock for a 5-1 lead.

Schluter stayed in command before tiring in the seventh. He left with the bases loaded and one out, but reliever Adam Schaly limited the damage to a pair of runs to keep Stetson on top, 5-3.

Sophomore Tyler Warmoth tossed two perfect innings to get the save.

The Hatters recorded just seven hits, but also drew five walks. Bocock and Mazeika had two hits apiece.

While the offensive numbers aren’t eye-popping, Dunn was much more pleased with the effort of his hitters than in the season’s first four games.

“When you only score three runs in your first three games you don’t get too greedy”, said Dunn. “It wasn’t an overpowering offensive performance. We didn’t light up the scoreboard, but we were efficient with our at-bats. We had an opportunity to put up a crooked number up in the fourth and we bunched some hits together and got it done. It’s a start.”

Boston College starting pitcher Eric Stevens (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) in 3.2 innings. BC’s relief corps held the Hatters in check, limiting Stetson to two hits in the final 4.1 innings.

Hernandez collected a pair of hits and a stolen base to pace the Eagles’ offense.

The Hatters and Eagles resume their three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m.


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