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by: Stetson University
Baseball Hosts Siena This Weekend
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/07/2014
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First Pitch
Looking to snap a six-game losing streak, the Hatters return home to host a three-game series with Siena, beginning 6:30 p.m., Saturday at Melching Field. The Teams will also play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
    Stetson returns home after dropping a pair of mid-week games at No. 1/3 South Carolina, 7-1 and 4-2. Senior LHP Austin Perez turned in an outstanding effort in Wednesday’s setback, holding the Gamecocks to two runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings.    
    The Hatters are looking for their first win since taking the final against Boston College on Feb. 23. Siena enters looking for its first win of the season (0-9).

Stetson vs. Siena
The Hatters and Saints have met 38 times prior to this weekend, though is their first meeting since the 2011 season when the teams split a pair of mid-week games. Stetson owns a 34-4 edge in the all-time series.    

Scouting the Saints
Siena enters the weekend series in DeLand seeking its first win after dropping series at UCF, Charleston Southern and Radford.
    The Saints are coached by Tony Rossi, who is in his 45th season as head coach at Siena.
    Siena has struggled both at the plate and on the mound over its first nine games, sporting a .228 team batting average and a 7.80 team ERA. INF Vincent Citro leads the team with a .333 batting average, while left-hander Matt Gage tops the team with a 3.31 ERA.    

Scouting Stetson
The 2014 season has gotten off to a rough start for the Hatters, with just two wins in the first 13 games. Playing what head coach Pete Dunn has called the most challenging schedule in 35 years as head coach, Stetson has yet to find it’s groove at the plate. The Hatters are batting .193 and scoring less than two runs per game heading into the Siena series.
    SS Tyler Bocock is Stetson’s leading hitter, entering the weekend with a .286 batting average and a team-leading four doubles. 1B Patrick Mazeika is hitting .279.
    Pitching has been Stetson’s strength so far, with freshman Mitchell Jordan leading the way. Jordan owns a 1.17 ERA in three appearances this year. Overall the Hatters own a 4.62 team ERA.
    In late February, the Hatters won two of three from Boston College to earn the program’s first series win over an ACC foe since winning a pair of midweek games over North  Carolina in 1982.

Three Dot Data
This year marks the 15th season of Melching Field at Conrad Park. Opened in 1999, Melching Field has hosted over 500 Stetson games. The Hatters are 364-185 (.663) all-time at Melching Field, with an average attendance of 1,115 fans. Melching Field as been the host of 10 A-Sun Conference tournaments ... the Hatters face what head coach Pete Dunn calls the most challenging schedule in his 35 years as head coach... Stetson plays a total of 13 games against ACC and SEC foes this season (Ole Miss-3, Boston College-3, Florida State-3, South Carolina-2, Miami-1, NC State-1) ... Stetson also faces seven teams who participated in the 2013 NCAA Tournament (Ole Miss, South Carolina, NC State, Miami, FSU, Mercer, ETSU) ... sophomore first baseman Patrick Mazeika was recently named by Baseball America as the A-Sun’s number three prospect for the 2015 MLB Draft ... sophomore Kevin Fagan hit his first career home run in Stetson’s loss at Bethune-Cookman.

Hatters Picked Sixth, Mazeika Honored
Stetson’s baseball team was picked to finish sixth in the 2014 Atlantic Sun Conference race, and sophomore first baseman Patrick Mazeika was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Conference team in voting by A-Sun head coaches.
    The Hatters received a total of 60 points in the coaches poll, finishing just behind fifth place Kennesaw State (64). Stetson returns six seniors among its 19 letter winners from last season’s 26-31 squad.
    Defending regular-season champion Mercer received seven first place votes and 97 total points en route to being named as the preseason favorite. North Florida (86) received one first place vote, while Florida Gulf Coast (73) received two first place votes. Defending tournament champion East Tennessee (69) is fourth in the preseason poll, followed by Kennesaw State, Stetson, Lipscomb (34), USC Upstate (30), Jacksonville (27) and Northern Kentucky (10).
    Mazeika was one of three unanimous selections to the Preseason All-Conference team. The 2013 A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Mazeika batted .382 with three home runs and 33 RBI in 57 games. Mazeika was also a first-team all-conference selection and was a consensus Freshman All-America honoree.
    Mercer’s Chesny Young was named preseason player of the year, while Chad Sobotka of USC Upstate and Michael Massi of Mercer were named as pitcher and defensive player of the year, respectively.

Stetson Baseball History
A participant in Florida’s first intercollegiate baseball game in 1902 (W, 4-0 vs. Rollins), Stetson has been playing baseball since 1901. The Hatters are beginning their 97th season of competition, with the program being dormant during both World Wars.
    The Hatters have had plenty of success on the field, winning 1,913 total games and carrying a .571 winning percentage into the 2014 season.
    Stetson has participated in 17 NCAA Regionals, 2011 being the last time, and captured eight Atlantic Sun Conference championships (Stetson was an independent in baseball until 1987).
    Stetson has produced its share of Major League Baseball talent as well, boasting a pair of first round draft picks and nine Major Leaguers, including current Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson and Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber. Others to play in the big leagues include: Brian Bocock, Lenny DiNardo, Eric Knott, Kevin Nicholson, Wade Rowdon, Bill Swaggerty and George Tsamis.

Up Next
The Hatters host ACC powers and nationally ranked  N.C. State and Miami in midweek games scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, at Melching Field.

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