Daytona Beach, Fla.- Stetson (7-12) scored three runs in the first inning, added two in the eighth, and held Bethune-Cookman (8-11) to single run for a 5-1 final score. Sean Emory (Miami, Fla.) had three hits and Jeremy Cruz (Miami, Fla.) picked up two RBI to lead the Hatters.
Robbie Powell (Punta Gorda, Fla.) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief to pick up the win and raise his season record to 1-1. Stetson starter Andy Mauldin (Gainesville, Fla.) pitched well giving up just one unearned run on eight hits and three strike outs. He ended up 1/3 inning short of qualifying for the victory. Joseph Munoz (Deltona, Fla.) allowed three runs without retiring a batter and took the loss to drop to 2-2.
Stetson opened the scoring with a trio of runs in the first inning. Emory led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a single to right field by Nick Rickles (Loxahatchee, Fla.). Casey Frawley (New Haven, Ct.) followed with a walk and the bases were loaded with no outs. Emory scored on a passed ball and then Cruz delivered a double deep down the left field line to score Rickles and Frawley.
The Wildcats scored their run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Alejandro Sanchez (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) led off with a bunt single and advanced all the way to third on a throwing error by Mauldin that sailed over the head of first baseman Kyle Maulbetsch (St. Augustine, Fla.).
Stetson added some insurance with two runs in the top of the eighth. Frawley was hit in the helmet by the first pitch of the inning. With one out Aaron Crittenden (Fort Myers, Fla.) served a liner into center on a hit-and-run moving Frawley to third. After stealing second, Crittenden and Frawley scored as the result of an RBI infield single by Mark Jones (Palm Coast, Fla.) and a throwing error by the second baseman.
Stetson will return home for a single game against Indiana on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. before heading to Nashville to play Lipscomb this weekend. Stetson fans can hear all the games on Hatter Vision found at www.gohatters.com. The voice of Hatters baseball Bill Topping will call the action. Tickets for all Stetson home games can be purchased on line at gohatters.com or at the gate on game day.