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by: Stetson University
Hatters Visit USF on Tuesday
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  04/14/2014
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First Pitch
After a difficult weekend in conference play, Stetson returns to non-conference action when the Hatters visit long-time rival USF, 7 p.m., Tuesday, in Tampa.
    The Hatters were swept last weekend at Kennesaw State, sinking to the bottom of the Atlantic Sun Conference standings in the process. It was the third conference road series in four weeks of league play for the Hatters. Stetson hosts league-leading Lipscomb this weekend.
    Stetson swept a pair of mid-week games from the Bulls two weeks ago in DeLand and will go for the season sweep on Tuesday. Stetson hasn’t swept a season series from the Bulls since  2006 when the Hatters defeated USF in all four meetings.

Stetson vs. USF
Stetson and South Florida are meeting for the 161st time tonight at Melching Field. Stetson holds a slim 80-78 advantage in a series which began in 1966. The teams played a pair of mid-week games on April 1 &2 in DeLand, with Stetson winning both games (6-3, 2-1).
    USF swept the Hatters in two separate meetings last year, winning 12-8 in Tampa and 6-2 in DeLand. The
teams have split the last 10 meetings overall.
    Stetson head coach Pete Dunn is 64-65 in his career against the Bulls.

Scouting the Hatters
The Hatters went 1-3 last week, including getting swept at Kennesaw State last weekend. Stetson’s offense batted just .244 and the pitching staff posted a 5.18 ERA in the four games
    Last week saw the return of RHP Kurt Schluter. The senior has been out of action since injuring his hamstring on Feb. 23. He made a pair of relief appearances last week and is expected to rejoin the starting rotation this weekend against Lipscomb.
    Infielders Tyler Bocock and Kevin Fagan enjoyed productive weeks at the plate after both had struggled for the better part of two weeks. Bocock batted .417 (5-12) with three RBI in four games while Fagan hit .286 (4-14).
    1B/C Patrick Mazeika continues to pace the Hatters offensively with a .379 batting average, which ranks fifth in the A-Sun. C Garrett Russini is enjoying the best season of his career, hitting .294 with three home runs and 23 RBI. He leads the team with a .493 slugging percentage.
    Sophomore Tyler Warmoth enjoyed a strong week. In three appearances he recorded one save and struck out 10 batters in 7.1 innings. He is currently tied for second in the A-Sun with a career-high seven saves.

Three Dot Data
LHP Adam Schaly has quietly developed into one of Stetson’s more reliable pitchers. Over his last five appearances Schaly is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA ...C Garrett Russini has seen steady improvement in his offense in the last 20 games, raising his batting average from .203 to .294 by hitting .375 (27-72) in that span. He also has three homers and 21 RBI in those 20 games ... OF Mike Fernland and DH Josh Powers each connected for their first career home runs in the first game of Stetson’s doubleheader at Northern Kentucky ... 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.

Up Next
The Hatters host Atlantic Sun Conference leader Lipscomb for a three-game series, beginning 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Melching Field.

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