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by: Stetson University
Bulldogs Take Series, Win Finale 15-4
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/16/2014
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DeLAND—Yale pounded out 15 hits against six Stetson pitchers en route to a 15-4 win over the Hatters, Sunday at Melching Field.

In their final pre-Atlantic Sun Conference tune-up, the Hatters (7-14) took an early 2-0 lead and then watched Yale (5-5) score eight unanswered runs. The Bulldogs cruised from there.

“We are a classic Jekyll and Hyde team,” said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn. “We win on Wednesday against a very good and ranked Miami team, then we come out on Friday and give up double digit runs. We come back yesterday with energy and compete, played well and won. And then we come out today and were embarrassed by Yale.”

Stetson gained a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Third baseman Kyle Pitts and center fielder Mike Fernland each knocked in a run with a ground out.

Yale answered right back, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third. Jacob Hunter had an RBI double, and later scored on an error by shortstop Tyler Bocock as the Bulldogs tied the game at 2-2.

The Bulldogs broke it open in the fourth inning, scoring six runs against three different Stetson pitchers. Kevin Fortunato had a two-run single and David Toups had a two-run double to highlight the frame for Yale as the took an 8-2 lead.

“We know we are challenged at the plate and that we can’t score a lot of runs on a day-to-day basis so you can’t give away runs,” said Dunn. “When we still were in the game we kept going to the bullpen to try and stop the bleeding and everyone who came in, it was like throwing fuel on the fire.”

Stetson cut the lead to 8-3 with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth, but Yale put the game away with three runs each in the sixth and seventh innings.

Trailing 11-3, Stetson appeared poised for a big inning in the sixth but came away with just one run. The Hatters loaded the bases with none out, but three straight fly ball outs produced just one run.

Four different Yale players had more than one hit. Catcher Robert Baldwin was 3-for-4 with three runs to lead the way.

Patrick Mazeika and Jake Pequignot each had two this for the Hatters.

Ben Rakus (1-1) suffered the loss in his second start of the season. The right-hander allowed four runs on four hits in three innings of work.

David Hickey (1-1) picked up the win for Yale, tossing five innings and allowing just two earned runs on six hits. He struck out three without a walk.

The Hatters open A-Sun play when they visit East Tennessee State for a three-game series, beginning 7 p.m., Friday in Johnson City, Tenn.


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