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Frankie Romano struck out four batters in 1.1 innings on Friday.
by: Stetson University
Yale Offense Sends Hatters to 10-2 Loss
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/14/2014
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DeLAND—Yale pounded out 14 hits and used a six-run fifth inning to break the game open en route to a 10-2 win over Stetson in the opener of a three-game series, Friday at Melching Field.

Five different Bulldogs had more than one hit. Yale (4-4) ambushed Stetson starting pitcher Mitchell Jordan (0-2) for four runs in the first three innings, and the Hatters (6-13) never really recovered.

“I’ve got to give Yale credit,” said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn. “They came right out and swung the bats. Before we even got to bat we were downs two runs. That in itself has been a problem all year and it was again tonight.”

The game was in stark contrast to Stetson’s last outing, when the Hatters rallied late to defeat No. 13 Miami, 7-3, on Wednesday.

“It’s so disheartening that we can play with the energy and concentration that we did on Wednesday against a ranked team,” said Dunn, “and then come out tonight and play the opposite. I don’t understand that.”

Yale scored twice in the first inning, on an RBI double by Eric Hsieh and a sacrifice fly from Jacob Hunter. The Bulldogs made it 3-0 in the second on a sac fly by Robert Baldwin, and took a 4-0 lead when a runs cored on a Stetson error in the third.

The Hatters cut the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of third, but overly-aggressive base running cost Stetson an opportunity for a bigger inning.

Kyle Pitts led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice. Tyler Bocock knocked in Pitts with a single, but was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw home. Kevin Fagan walked with two outs and Patrick Mazeika followed with a single, but Fagan was thrown out at third after over-running second base, ending the threat.

“We were down 4-0 and got a run and just ran ourselves right out of the inning,” said Dunn. “I don’t know whether it’s trying to do too much. You have to be smart. There’s nothing aggressive about that.”

Yale put the game out of reach with a big fifth inning. The Bulldogs scored six runs in the frame, with the big blow a three-run double by Richard Slenker. Once the dust cleared, Yale led 10-1.

The Hatters scored their final run in the seventh when Kyle Zech scored on an error by Yale third baseman Slenker.

While Jordan struggled, allowing 10 hits and eight runs (all earned) in 4.1 innings, the bullpen performed well. From the sixth inning on, relievers Adam Schaly, Tyler Keller and Frankie Romano limited the Bulldogs to one hit while striking out seven.

The Stetson offense was handcuffed by Yale right-hander Chris Lanham (2-0), who allowed just two runs on five hits while fanning five batters in eight innings.

Mazeika led the Hatters with two hits.

Slenker was 3-for-4 with three RBI for Yale, while Nate Adams, Hsieh, Hunter and Green Campbell each had two hits.

The Hatters and Bulldogs continue their series 3 p.m., Saturday, at Melching Field.


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