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Mitchell Jordan tossed six shutout innings on Saturday.
by: David S. Williams
Late Miscues Costly in 3-1 Loss to Furman
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/01/2014
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DeLAND—Freshman Mitchell Jordan tossed six shutout innings for Stetson, but the Hatters made three errors in the final two innings as Furman rallied for a 3-1 victory in the Stetson Invitational, Saturday at Melching Field.

Making his first start at home, Jordan scattered seven hits and struck out seven without a walk but the right-hander was long gone when the game was decided.

“Mitchell did a good job for us tonight,” said head coach Pete Dunn. “If the rest of the team would have played up to the way Mitchell pitched, we would have won the ball game.”

With Jordan battling Furman righty Matt Solter, neither team could find their way into the run column on the scoreboard until the Paladins (5-5) broke through in the eighth.

Alex Abrams laced a one-out infield single off reliever Josh Thorne, and advanced to second on an errant throw by shortstop Tyler Bocock. Abrams scored two batters later when second baseman Kevin Fagan misplayed a chopper up the middle by Jordan Simpson, giving Furman a 1-0 lead.

The Hatters (2-8) battled back, tying the game in the bottom of the inning. Fagan bounced a one-out single through the right side and Patrick Mazeika followed with a single, putting runners at the corners. With Josh Powers pinch-hitting, Furman reliever Jacques deGruy uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Fagan to score and tying the game at 1-1.

But the Hatters again had a defensive letdown in the top of the ninth. Hunter Burton led off with a bunt single, and Greg Harrison followed with a hit-and-run infield single of his own, the ball just trickling out of Fagan’s glove. The runners moved up on a wild pitch by Tyler Warmoth and Chris Ohmstede followed with a two run single, giving the Paladins a 3-1 advantage.

Harrison closed the game out for Furman, allowing only a lead-off walk to Kyle Pitts.

Dunn shook up the Hatters’ lineup against Furman, giving freshmen Taylor Cockrell and Jordan Schulz their first career starts. But Stetson was limited to six hits for the second straight game. No player had more than one.

“Six hits, one run,” said Dunn. “Last night we scored our only run on a balk, tonight we scored on a wild pitch. It’s unbelievable that we can’t do better than that.”

Warmoth (0-1) suffered the loss for the Hatters, allowing two runs in 1.2 innings. Billy Greenfield (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Furman.

Stetson closes out the Stetson Invitational when they face Maine, 3 p.m., Sunday.



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