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Jos Powers picked up the win on Sunday against Boston College
by: David S. Williams
Powers Pitches Hatters to Series Win Over BC, 3-1
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/23/2014
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DeLAND—Josh Powers tossed 7.2 strong innings to lead Stetson to a 3-1 win and a series victory over Boston College, Sunday at Melching Field.

Powers (1-1) turned in the fourth straight quality start by a Stetson pitcher, allowing one run on five hits and four walks. The junior right-hander struck out three batters and left the game with two on and two out in the eighth after throwing 105 pitches.

Stetson was victorious despite getting just six hits on the day.

“We’ve got to feel pretty good about getting a series win against an ACC squad,” said head coach Pete Dunn. “When you’ve been scuffling like we have, you have to look for the positives. You have to find a way to win when you’re not swinging the bat.

“Josh was really strong today, and our pitching overall did a great job of holding them to one run. Josh had a couple of lapses where he walked some guys, but he was able to pitch out of jams and make quality pitches when he needed it. We know he’s not going to throw it by people, but he can really spot up his fastball and throw his breaking ball and off-speed pitches for strikes. That’s what he did today.”

For the first time this season, the Hatters (2-5) scored first, getting a run in the second inning. Garrett Russini led off with a triple into the right field corner and scored two batters later on Mike Fernland’s sacrifice fly, giving Stetson a 1-0 lead.

Powers kept the Eagles (4-3) in check through the middle innings until his teammates were able to put a crooked number on the scoreboard in the sixth.

Tyler Bocock was plunked by reliever Jesse Adams to start the inning. Patrick Mazeika followed with a double into the right-center field gap – one of three hits on the day for Mazeika – scoring Bocock easily for a 2-0 lead. Mazeika later scored when BC first baseman John Hennessy misplayed a grounder by Russini, giving Stetson a 3-0 advantage.

Powers kept the Eagles off the scoreboard until the eighth. Starting the inning with just 90 pitches, Powers issued a one-out walk to Blake Butera and two batters later surrendered a single to Tom Bourdon, putting runners at first and second. That hit chased Powers from the game, and BC scored a run off reliever Trey Norris to make it 3-1 before Norris ended the threat on a comebacker.

BC threatened again in the top of the ninth, putting the first two runners on base. But Tyler Warmoth relieved Norris and, after a sacrifice bunt for the first out, fanned the next two batters to preserve the win and earn his second save.

Mazeika was the only Hatter with more than one hit, going 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Russini, Kevin Fagan and Kurt Schluter had the other hits for Stetson.

“We’ve got some guys really struggling at the plate,” said Dunn. “We have to keep pitching well and playing good defense in order to have a chance to win right now. We’re not going to score a lot of runs until some of our hitters get out of this funk.”

The Eagles also managed six hits, with Johnny Adams going 2-for-3 to lead the way for BC.

Boston College starting pitcher John Gorman (1-1) suffered the loss despite allowing just one run on four hits in five innings. He struck out three.

The Hatters open a busy week when they visit Bethune-Cookman, 6 p.m., Tuesday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, in Daytona Beach. Stetson hosts South Florida at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday before hosting Furman, Iowa and Maine in the Stetson invitational next weekend at Melching Field.


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