DeLand, Fla. – In the 10th anniversary year of Melching Field, the 8th largest crowd ever was on hand Tuesday night to see the Hatters take on the #3 ranked Seminoles of Florida State. FSU jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 13-3 win over Stetson.
The Seminoles scored three runs in the 1st inning and two in the 2nd and a single run in the 4th. The highlight of their early scoring effort was a home run blast over the centerfield wall by Buster Posey (Leesburg, Ga.). Posey leads the team and most of the nation in hitting with a .465 average. He entered the Week #2 in the NCAA Division I statistics in batting. It was his 12th home run of the season.
FSU scored three more runs in the top of the 5th once again highlighted by a Posey home run (#13). This time his two-run shot nearly cleared the scoreboard in left field and gave the visitors a 9-0 lead. The advantage increased to 11 runs before the Hatters were able to score.
Stetson got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. Casey Frawley (New Haven, Ct.) reached base on an error and advanced to third on a double down the left field line by Jeremy Cruz (Miami, Fla.). Frawley then scored on a ground out RBI by Aaron Crittenden (Fort Myers, Fla.). Cruz moved over to third on the play and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Hatters added a run in the bottom of the 7th inning. Sean Emory (Miami, Fla.) doubled to left, moved to third on a single by Jeff Simpson (Valrico, Fla.), and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacob deGrom (DeLeon Springs, Fla.).
Cruz and Emory led the Hatters offensively. They each finished with three hits including a double, and a run scored.
Freshman Will Dorsey (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) pitched well in relief. He tossed the final three innings giving up four hits, one earned run and striking out a batter.
With the loss the Hatters dropped to 19-27 overall while the Seminoles raised their record to 36-7. Stetson will host Florida State again tomorrow night with a special game time of 6:00 p.m. Hatters fans can see all the action on Hatter Vision with play-by-play provided by the voice of Stetson baseball Bill Topping. They can also follow the games on GameWatcher by going to www.gohatters.com and clicking on “Live Stats”.