|Hatters Complete Sweep of ETSU|
Senior Robbie Powell tied the A-Sun record for saves in a season with his 18th on Sunday.
Courtesy: Jim Hogue Photos
Johnson City, Tenn. – The pitching staff for the Stetson Hatters stepped up over the weekend as the Hatters completed a three-game sweep of ETSU with a 4-0 victory on Sunday.
The Stetson pitchers combined to close the series with 20.2 consecutive scoreless innings, posting back-to-back shutouts in the last two games.
The Hatters improved to 34-18 overall with Sunday’s win and to 15-9 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. The win moves Stetson to within a game and a half of first place USC Upstate heading into the final week of the regular season.
ETSU falls to 22-29 overall and 7-17 in league play.
Like the first two games of the series, Sunday’s game was dominated by Stetson’s pitching. Senior Will Dorsey (7-5) was brilliant through the first 7.1 innings before allowing back-to-back singles in the eighth.
“I think we did make a statement but, the important thing it to take it through the series next weekend,” Dorsey said. “The most important thing for us is the final A-Sun standings, so it will be a huge weekend for us.”
For Dorsey, his performance on Sunday, which included scattering seven hits while allowing one walk with six strikeouts, was a statement of its own. He lasted just one inning in a loss to USC Upstate last week and was the losing pitcher on Tuesday to Florida State.
“You always want to get back out there after you have a bad outing like that,” Dorsey said. “A lot of times, as a starter, you have to wait a week and that is tough. I just got ahead of guys by attacking the zone and trusting my stuff.”
Cameron Griffin came on with those two runners aboard and posted consecutive strikeouts to end the ETSU threat.
After the first two Buccaneers reached base in the ninth inning, senior closer Robbie Powell was called on, and he delivered, needing just 10 pitches to get three outs to earn his A-Sun record tying 18th save of the season.
The Hatters got all the offense they would need on back-to-back swings in the fourth inning off ETSU starter Jimmy Nesselt (3-4). First Mark Jones drove a pitch over the wall in left-center to break a scoreless tie, then Mitchel Brennan followed with a shot down the line in right.
Stetson added single runs in the fifth and eighth innings. Ben Carhart doubled in Robert Crews in the fifth and then Spencer Theisen delivered a perfect squeeze bunt for a hit to score Jones from third with two out in the eighth.
Theisen led the Hatters with three hits in the game while Crews added a pair. Dylan Pratt and Alex Reynolds had two hits each for ETSU.
Stetson will close the non-conference portion of the 2012 schedule on Tuesday night in Orlando against UCF. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start. The Hatters will then close the regular season back home at Melching Field, starting on Thursday, with a three-game series against Florida Gulf Coast.
The 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Championship Tournament will be played at Melching Field beginning on Wednesday, May 23, and running through Saturday, May 26. Tickets for the tournament are available through the Stetson Athletics Ticket Office.