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Kyle Pitts had a pair of hits on Friday.
by: David S. Williams
Hatters Downed by Iowa, 5-1
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/28/2014
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DeLAND—Two Iowa pitchers combined on a six-hitter as the Hawkeyes downed Stetson, 5-1, in the opening game of the Stetson Invitational, Friday at Melching Field.

Iowa starter Calvin Mathews (1-0) limited the Hatters (2-7) to five hits in 7.1 innings before exiting with a runner a first in the eighth. Mathews struck out two and walked just one.

Stetson’s early-season offensive struggles continued against the Hawkeyes.

“It’s very disappointing that we can’t come through offensively,” said head coach Pete Dunn. “Mathews pitched well. I don’t want to take anything away from his performance. But guys that I know can hit, guys that have put up good numbers and been productive in the past, can’t seem to get off of square one right now.”

Iowa struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third when shortstop Tyler Bocock mishandled a sharp grounder from Taylor Zeutenhorst with the bases loaded.

With the Hawkeyes leading 2-0, Stetson cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning when Iowa pitcher Calvin Matthews balked home a run.

Iowa increased its lead back to two runs in the top of the sixth when first baseman Tyler Peyton knocked in Kris Goodman on a hit-and-run single, making it 3-1.

In the eighth, a sacrifice fly by Eric Toole and an RBI single by Jake Mangler gave Iowa a 5-1 edge.

Austin Perez (0-3) started for the Hatters, but left the game after four innings, throwing 101 pitches. He allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

The Hatters managed just six hits, with two apiece coming from left fielder Darby McCormick and third baseman Kyle Pitts, who was making his first start of the season.

Iowa banged out 11 hits against five different Stetson pitchers. Mangler led the way for the Hawkeyes with three hits.

The Hatters host Furman, 7 p.m., Saturday as the Stetson Invitational continues.

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