The Hatters improved to 13-5 on the year while
Stetson was unable to hold a 6-run lead, but Braedyn Pruitt’s double to score Casey Frawley in the 8th gave the Hatters their second straight one-run win over the Chippewas.
Justin Dechert earned the win in relief to go to 3-0 on the year. Robbie Elsemiller pitched a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save of the season and 26th of his career.
Stetson took the big lead in the third inning, which began with a leadoff triple from Tindle, his first three-bagger of the year. A walk followed by an infield error scored Tindle for a 2-0 advantage. Following another walk, Aaron Crittenden and Brian Pruitt delivered run-scoring singles to double the lead. An error and a passed ball allowed to more runs to score, giving Stetson a 6-0 lead at the end of three innings.
The Hatters first run had scored in the second when Jeremy Cruz tripled in Brian Pruitt.
Starter Chris Ingoglia was sparkling through four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth. The senior lefty allowed just one hit through the first four but surrendered three runs in the fifth inning before giving way to Blake Marsocci. Cody Allen’s RBI double highlighted the inning for CMU.
After Marsocci walked the first two batters in the sixth, Stetson turned it over to freshman Dechert. Sean Hoorelbeke greeted him with a single to score the two runners who had walked, but Dechert rebounded to strike out the next hitter and induce an inning-ending fly out to preserve the lead.
The Chippewas tied it up in the seventh when James Teas’s two-out double brought in Scott Szpyrka and suddenly the six-run cushion had vanished. The Hatters left four runners in scoring position in the middle innings before Pruitt’s clutch double in the 8th.
With Shane Jordan sitting out the game due to Friday night’s ejection, Tindle batted lead-off and went 4-for-5. He needed only the homer for the cycle, but did hit two doubles to give him a team-best eight two-baggers. The big night raised the senior’s batting average to .415 and he has 11 hits in last 22 at bats (.500). Aaron Crittenden and Brian Pruitt added multi-hit nights for the Hatters.
Stetson goes for the series sweep Sunday afternoon with a 12:00 noon first pitch at Melching Field.