Stetson’s nine-run inning began with a Shane Jordan triple. After he scored on a sacrifice fly, Pruitt lined his home run over the right field fence. One out later, nine straight Hatters reached base, including doubles from Josh Clendenin, Ryan Puskar, Casey Frawley, and Pruitt – his second hit of the inning. Fourteen batters came to the plate and by the time the fifth inning ended, Stetson held a 12-2 lead.
That was more than enough for Pugliese (1-1), who overcame a rocky first inning. The junior right-hander surrendered two runs in the first on only one hit. A walk, an error and a wild pitch helped Bethune-Cookman (4-3) take a 2-0 lead. However, after the second run Pugliese set down seven in a row; three by strikeout. Both runs were unearned.
The Hatters quickly wiped out the early 2-0 deficit. Frawley and Pruitt drew one-out walks in the bottom of the first to set up a 2-RBI triple from Justin Bass. Brian Pruitt singled him home a batter later to put Stetson ahead 3-2.
Freshman Robby Donovan provided two scoreless relief innings in his Hatters debut. The right-hander fanned three and allowed just two base runners. Drew Jackson and Andy Mauldin also pitched for the first time in 2007.
The Wildcats tried to make it interesting in the late innings, scoring two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Stetson improved to 3-1 on the season, while Bethune-Cookman, coming off a three-game sweep of Mercer, dropped to 4-3. The Hatters welcome LSU to Melching Field for a three-game set beginning Friday night at 7:00 p.m.