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Garrett Russini hit a 3-run homer in the opener.
by: Stetson University
Hatters Split Doubleheader at ETSU
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/22/2014
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.—Stetson’s Garrett Russini and Tyler Bocock homered in the opener, but East Tennessee State prevented the sweep by rallying for a win in the night cap as the Hatters and Buccaneers split an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader, Saturday at Thomas Stadium. Stetson won the opener, 5-3, while ETSU took game two, 4-3.

The Buccaneers (11-12, 2-1) drew first blood, scoring a single run in the second inning. Tyler Roach reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to third on a ground out and scored on an RBI single by Kevin Phillips to give ETSU a 1-0 lead.

While the offense took a while to get going, Stetson’s defense kept the Hatters (8-16, 1-2) in the game.

The Bucs put the first two batters on base in the bottom of the fourth, but the Hatters got out of the jam with a triple play. Thompson lined a 1-2 pitch to centerfielder Kevin Fagan, who made the catch and threw to shortstop Tyler Bocock covering second base. After stepping on second, Bocock flipped to first baseman Patrick Mazeika to get the final runner and complete the triple killing.

Defense helped the Hatters again in the bottom of the fifth. With runners at second and third and one out, ETSU’s Dylan Tritsch lined to third baseman Kyle Pitts for the second out, and Pitts stepped on third to double up Phillips and end the inning.

The game turned in Stetson’s favor in the top of the sixth. Second baseman Mitch Piatnik led off with a single and scored on Fagan’s one-out single, tying the game at 1-1. Mazeika singled Fagan to second and, after a flyout by Josh Powers, Russini deposited an 0-1 pitch over the left-center field wall for a 4-1 Stetson lead.

After ETSU trimmed the lead to 4-2 on a solo homer by Phillips in the bottom of the seventh, Bocock led off the top of the eighth with a solo shot of his own, the first of his career, as Stetson took a 5-2 lead.

ETSU scored its final run in the ninth. Powers departed after allowing a lead off double, but Tyler Warmoth relieved Powers and set down the Bucs in order, allowing the final run to score on a ground out.

Powers (2-3) allowed three runs (all earned) on eight hits with a strikeout and two walks while pitching a season-high 8.0 innings. Warmoth earned his fourth save of the year.

The Hatters banged out 10 hits, with Mazeika, Russini and Piatnik each getting two.

Jimmy Nesselt (2-2) took the loss for ETSU after allowing five runs on nine hits in 7.2 innings.

After his heroics on the mound in the opener, Powers was a difference maker at the plate in the nightcap. But Stetson’s early lead didn’t last.

Powers lined a two-out, RBI single in the first inning to give Stetson a 1-0 lead. He made it a 2-0 affair with a run-scoring single in the third inning.

Bocock gave the Hatters a 3-0 lead in the fourth with an infield bunt single, scoring Tanner Blackman from third.

ETSU got back in the game in the bottom of the fifth. Chris Riopedre and Clinton Freeman had RBI base hits as the Bucs pulled to within 3-2.

The Bucs grabbed the lead in the seventh. Reliever Mitchell Jordan, who came on for Taylor Cockrell in the fifth, loaded the bases with one out and Tritsch lined a two-run single to right-center as ETSU took a 4-3 lead.

Jordan (0-3) suffered the loss for Stetson, allowing two runs on two hits in 3.2 innings of relief.

ETSU’s Logan Rice (3-0) picked up the win by tossing two innings of shutout relief.

Bocock was 3-for-4 for the Hatters while Powers had two hits and two RBI.

Stetson hosts Florida A&M, 5 p.m., Wednesday, at Melching Field.


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