Stetson let a late lead slip away and fell 5-3 to Campbell Saturday afternoon before posting a 7-3 victory vs. Bethune-Cookman in the nightcap in day two of the Hatter Invitational at Patricia Wilson Field.
Demi Meza and Brittany Hawn each hit home runs in the opener while Courtney Brandt and Sarah Read teamed up in the circle to earn the win in game two.
The split moves the Hatters' record to 5-1 on the season.
Stetson led 3-0 after six innings against Campbell, and still led 3-1 with two outs in the seventh when the Camels got a three-run double from Stephanie Jones and an RBI single from Ericka Nesbit to take a 5-3 lead.
The Hatters put the tying runs on base in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't get the equalizer.
“I thought Campbell did a great job, they came back and strung some hits together to score the runs," Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said. "It wasn’t like we made errors and gave them the ball game. They came back and earned it.”
In the nightcap against Bethune-Cookman, Stetson scored six times in the top of the third inning to break the game open. Morello collected an RBI single and raced all the way around to score when an errant throw by the catcher ended up rolling to the outfield wall. Jessie TenBroeck also had an RBI single in the inning and Kelsey Waters added a run-scoring double in the top of the fifth.
Brandt (1-0) was perfect through four innings in the circle and pitched out of trouble in the fifth before giving way to Read with two outs in the sixth. Read retired all four batters she faced to pick up the save and preserve the victory.
“That was Courtney Brandt’s first starting appearance this year and I was really pleased," Griffin said. "She had four no-hit innings and then in the sixth they started seeing her a little better, so we were able to bring in Sarah Read and she closed the door on them.”
Amanda Grimaldo went 3-for-3 for Stetson in game two.
Stetson will play Bethune-Cookman again at noon Sunday in the final game of the Hatter Invitational. It will also be the Hatters' Strikeout Cancer game to raise awareness for the fight against cancer.
Earlier in the day, Elon defeated Bethune-Cookman 8-7 and Campbell defeated Elon 3-0.