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Robert Bruce had a three-run single in the sixth inning.
by: Stetson University
Cockrell, Big Innings, Lift Hatters Over Yale
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/15/2014
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DeLAND—Taylor Cockrell tossed eight strong innings and Stetson’s offense pounded out 14 hits as the Hatters cruised to an 11-1 victory over Yale, Saturday at Melching Field.

Five different Hatters had at least two hits as Stetson reached double figures in hits for the fifth time in the last seven games.

“That’s more like it,” said head coach Pete Dunn. “The kids played hard and we had some good pitching today. We turned a couple of key double plays, swung the bat in key situations and had some two-out RBI that we haven’t gotten very often this season. It was a good day.”

After Yale won Friday’s opening game by a 10-2 score, Dunn was pleased at how his team responded on Saturday.

“We did a great job today, but tomorrow is a big game,” he said. “I want to see how we come out and what our mindset is tomorrow.”

Stetson grabbed an early lead, scoring a run in the second inning. Catcher Garrett Russini led off with his team-leading fourth triple of the season, and scored on a grounder to short by center fielder Kyle Zech as the Hatters took a 1-0 lead.

Cockrell and the Stetson defense made the one-run lead stand up until the Hatters’ offense got it going. Though he set down the Bulldogs in order only once all game, Cockrell faced five batters in an inning only once, in the second. The Hatters turned two double plays behind him, in the second and seventh innings.

The Hatters finally broke through for a big inning against Yale starter Chasen Ford (1-2) in the sixth, as right fielder Robert Bruce played hero. First baseman Patrick Mazeika singled, designated hitter Josh Powers doubled and Zech was intentionally walked to load the bases with Bruce on-deck and two outs.

Bruce, a left-handed hitter, lined an 0-1 pitch from the righty Ford into right-centerfield, scoring all three base runners and giving Stetson a 4-0 lead.

“They walked a right-hander (Zech) to get to Robert and he came up big,” said Dunn. “I’m really happy for him and proud of him.”

The Hatters added five more runs in the seventh. Powers had an RBI double, Russini knocked in two runs with a single, and third baseman Kyle Pitts knocked in a pair with a double into the right field corner as Stetson took a 9-0 lead.

Yale scored its only run in the top of the eighth on a two-out bloop single by Green Campbell, but Stetson answered with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. A bases-loaded walk by Russini knocked in shortstop Tyler Bocock, who led off the inning with a double. The final run scored on a two-out error for an 11-1 Stetson cushion.

Cockrell (2-2) allowed just the one run on seven hits while striking out four batters. Though he didn’t walk anyone, Cockrell did hit four batters. He threw just 99 pitches.

Russini led Stetson’s offense with three hits and three RBI. Mazeika had two hits and scored three runs, while Pitts, Powers and Bocock each collected two hits.

Ford allowed four runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings for Yale. Right fielder David Toups led the Bulldogs with three hits.

The Hatters and Bulldogs play the rubber game of the three-game series, 1 p.m., Sunday at Melching Field.

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