|Thursday was Senior Night at Melching|
Thursday, May 20 was Senior Night at Melching Field. Prior to the game Stetson baseball's five seniors were recognized and honored for their hard work and dedication to the program during their time in DeLand. Each player came to home plate and was presented with a plaque and a jersey to commemorate his time with the team. Doing the honors were Athletics Director Jeff Altier and Associate A.D. Richard Skeel along with head coach Pete Dunn, assistant coach Mark Leavitt, and assistant coach Clint Chrysler. (SEE VIDEO BELOW).
Kevin Mierzwinski: Miezwinski started with the Hatters, transferred to the University of West Florida where he played one season, and then returned home to finish his collegiate career as a senior here at Stetson. He played in 30 games and hit .268 for the A-Sun Tournament Championship Team in 2006, and also played 21 games and hit .280 for the regular season conference champions in 2007. He is the only remaining Hatter who has been with the team for two NCAA Regional Appearances. Last year he earned A-Sun All-Academic Team honors. This season he has played in 20 games with four starts. He has picked up five hits and an RBI and scored three runs. For his career at Stetson he has played in 71 games and hit .245 with 27 hits, seven doubles, one home run and 16 RBI. He graduated on May 8th with a degree in Business Administration. He is the son of Mike and Laura Mierzwinski of Orlando, Florida.
Kyle Maulbetsch: Maulbetsch is in his second year with the Hatters. He played his sophomore season at Central Florida Community College after starting his collegiate career as a freshman pitcher for the UCF Knights. Last year he played in 49 games for Stetson as a first baseman and a designated hitter. He batted .245 with three doubles, three home runs, and 25 RBI. Following the season he was named to the A-Sun All-Academic Team. This season he returned to the mound and has been one of Stetson's top starting pitchers. He has four victories, 30 strike outs, and over 55 innings pitched in a team-high 13 starting assignments. On March 14 he threw a season-high seven innings and struck out eight batters leading the Hatters to a 9-2 win over Old Dominion. Two weeks ago he graduated from Stetson with a degree in History. He is the son of Susan Mertz and Stephen Maulbetsch of St. Augustine, Florida.
Ian Thompson: Thompson is a four-year member of the Hatters pitching staff. As a freshman he saw action in 16 games including two appearances in the NCAA Regionals against Bethune-Cookman and Florida State. As a sophomore he had 16 appearances with three starts and finished 4th on the team in strike outs with 36. Last year he led the conference with 35 appearances, struck out 29 batters, and finished second on the team with a 4.13 earned run average. This season he has a 1-1 record, has appeared in 19 games, and has pitched over 10 innings striking out 12. Following the season he received Stetson Baseball's Most Outstanding Pitcher Award. For his career he has appeared in 86 games with three victories, 91 strike outs, and a 6.94 earned run average. He is a Business Administration major here at Stetson who is scheduled to graduate in December. He is the son of Michael and Donna Thompson of St. Petersburg, Florida...
David Burns: Burns is another four-year member of the pitching staff who was a part of the 2007 team that won a conference title and appeared in the NCAA Regionals in Tallahassee. He is one of the most versatile hurlers ever to take the mound for the Hatters. As a freshman he appeared in 14 games as a reliever and finished with a 1-0 record and a 4.76 earned run average. His sophomore season he led the A-Sun in appearances with 32, started three games, picked up one save, and led the team with a 3.24 ERA. Last year he appeared in 24 games with a career-high seven starts on the mound. He won two games, saved three, and struck out 26 batters in 49 innings of work. Following the season he was named to the A-Sun All-Academic Team. This season he is second on the team with 26 appearances including five games as a starter. In over 59 innings he has a 4-2 record, one save, and is second on the team in strike outs with 45. Over his career he has an 8-8 record, a 5.47 ERA, and has struck out 106 batters over 161 innings on the hill. He graduated from Stetson two weeks ago with a degree in Finance. He is the son of Paul and Donna Burns of Seminole, Florida.
Aaron Crittenden: Crittenden is in his fourth season as a member of the Hatters lineup. He played in 48 games with 31 starts and hit .286 as a freshman. As a sophomore he started 55 of the team's 59 games. He finished 3rd on the team in home runs with seven, added 10 doubles, and was 3rd in the A-Sun with seven sacrifice flies. He also earned Academic All-Conference honors. Last season as a junior he was voted Second Team All-Conference as a Designated Hitter. He batted .339 and finished second in the conference with 66 runs batted in, a number that placed him 6th all-time at Stetson for RBI in a season. Following the season he was presented with Stetson Baseball's Student Athlete Award. This year he was voted to the A-Sun Preseason All-Conference Team. He currently leads the team with 47 RBI and is 3rd in home runs with seven. He is a career .296 hitter who heading into the final season series is tied for 7th all-time at Stetson with 174 RBI, tied for 10th all-time in At Bats with 769, and is 11th all-time in home runs with 29. Two weeks ago he graduated from Stetson with a degree in History. He is the son of Ed and Janie Crittenden of Fort Myers, Florida.
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