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Courtney Brandt hit two more home runs Sunday and drove in 12 runs in the Hatters three-game sweep.
by: David S. Williams
Brandt Hits Two More Dingers as Softball Sweeps
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/23/2014
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If anyone in the Stetson dugout felt cold Sunday in Johnson City's chilly 40 degree temperatures, they could have just found a spot to stand near Courtney Brandt.

The red-hot junior slugged two more home runs in the series finale, giving her four long balls for the weekend and 12 RBI, as Stetson completed a three-game sweep over ETSU with a 11-0 victory in five innings.

Chrissy Morello also hit a three-run home run and Meredith Owen fired a two-hit shutout as the Hatters (21-5, 6-2 A-Sun) extended their win streak to six.

Stetson combined for 34 runs and 42 hits in the series, including seven knocks that left Betty Basley Field.

"The kids were really hot with the bats this weekend, especially Courtney," Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said. "She was jacking them opposite field. We have been talking about hitting more with her legs, hitting from the ground up. I think she has made some adjustments and it is starting to pay off for her."

Brandt hit a two-run home run in the third inning and a three-run home run in the fourth to give her five home runs in her last four games.

"I just relaxed and kept my head on the ball the whole way so I made better contact," Brandt said. "I am really thankful that I could contribute to the many hits that our team had this weekend. We all had an awesome weekend."

Stetson collected 13 hits on Sunday including two each by Jessie TenBroeck, Demi Meza, Amanda Grimaldo, Kayla Drury and Brandt. TenBoreck and Brandt also scored three runs apiece.

"(The offense) was outstanding this weekend," Griffin said. "That took a lot of pressure off of the pitchers. Defensively we played okay but not as well as I thought we could have. Demi had a spectacular series at second base."

Owen (12-3) picked up her second win of the weekend after allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out four. She pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the third to preserve the shutout.

Stetson will return home to host Bethune-Cookman in a single-game Wednesday night at Patricia Wilson Field.

Notes: Courtney Brandt became the sixth player in school history to hit 20 career home runs ... She extended her hitting streak to nine.

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