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Mike Fernland carries a 12-game hitting streak into Tuesday's game at Florida State
by: Stetson University
Baseball Visits No. 4 Florida State
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  04/21/2014
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First Pitch
After sweeping league-leading Lipscomb in a three-game series last weekend in DeLand, the Hatters open a five-game road swing at No. 4 Florida State on Tuesday. The Hatters and Seminoles will play on consecutive days at Dick Howser Stadium, before Stetson visits Atlantic Sun Conference foe North Florida for three games this weekend.
    Stetson head coach Pete Dunn and Florida State head coach Mike Martin -- who both have been in charge at their alma mater since 1980 -- have combined for over 3,000 victories. Martin picked up his 1,800th win on Saturday at Wake Forest while Dunn is five wins shy of 1,250.

Stetson vs. Florida State
This week marks the 75th and 76th meetings between Stetson Florida State, with the Seminoles owning a 52-22 advantage in the series, including a 33-11 mark in Tallahassee. Stetson and FSU will also meet later this season on May 6 in DeLand.
    Stetson and FSU began their series in 1904. Between 1905 and 1948 the teams didn’t play at all, but the series resumed in 1949 and was a mainstay on both schedules until 1959; Stetson and FSU didn’t face each other at all in the 60’s. After periods of on-again, off-again scheduling and several battles in NCAA Regional play, the series picked back up in 2005. The teams have met every year since then except for 2006 and 2009.
    Stetson head coach Pete Dunn is 4-22 all-time against the Seminoles. Stetson’s last win against FSU in Tallahassee was a 6-4 victory in 11 innings on March 23, 2011.  OF Kyle Zech was the only current Hatter to appear in that game.
    
Scouting the Hatters
Stetson swept its weekend series with Atlantic Sun Conference leader Lipscomb last weekend, part of a 3-1 week for the Hatters. Stetson out-scored the Bisons, 21-7, and the bullpen tossed 14.0 shutout innings of relief.
    SS Tyler Bocock enjoyed an outstanding week, batting .500 (9-18) with three doubles and three RBI in four games. In eight games since being dropped from lead-off to the No. 2 spot in the batting order, Bocock is hitting .467 (14-30).
    RHP Taylor Cockrell enjoyed another fine start for the Hatters on Saturday, allowing just three run on seven hits in 7.0 innings. Cockrell allowed a run in the first and two runs in the eighth, but in between faced just 21 batters.
    The relief tandem of Kevin Fagan and Tyler Warmoth got the series started off on the right foot for Stetson. Fagan entered the game with one out in the second and proceeded to toss five shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Warmoth relieved Fagan in the seventh and allowed just two hits over 3.2 innings. Stetson won in the 10th on a walk-off single by Garrett Russini.
    On Friday freshman Mitchell Jordan tossed 3.1 innings of perfect relief to get the save in the Hatters’ 8-2 victory. And on Sunday Josh Thorne and Trey Norris combined to allow one hit in two innings.
    
Three Dot Data
Stetson’s sweep of Lipscomb was its second weekend sweep of the year (Siena) and its first in A-Sun play since sweeping Northern Kentucky last season (May 10-12) ... with nine home runs as a team Stetson has already surpassed its homer out put form last season (7) ... OF Mike Fernland is enjoying a 12-game hitting streak as the Hatters enter play this week. He is hitting .389 (14-36) with two home runs, seven RBI and three steals during the streak ... Fernland and DH Josh Powers each connected for their first career home runs in the first game of Stetson’s doubleheader at Northern Kentucky (April 5) ... both homers came in the seventh inning, the first time the Hatters have hit multiple home runs in the same inning since May13, 2012 at ETSU ... when SS Tyler Bocock and Russini each homered in the first game of Stetson’s doubleheader at ETSU it marked the first time the Hatters had more than one home run in a game since also hitting a pair at ETSU on May 13, 2012, a span of 88 games ... head coach Pete Dunn is five victories shy of 1,250 for his career.

Up Next
Stetson visits North Florida for an A-Sun weekend series, beginning 6 p.m., Friday in Jacksonville, Fla.

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