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Hatters Lasso Bulls, 9-4
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/20/2007
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Jeremy Cruz drove in five runs in Stetson's 9-4 victory over USF...
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(DeLand, Fla.) Jeremy Cruz drove in five runs and freshman Justin Dechert notched a win in his first career start as the Stetson Hatters rolled over South Florida, 9-4 Tuesday night at Melching Field.  The Hatters moved to 6-2 on the year, while the Bulls suffered their first loss to fall to 6-1.


A bases-loaded, base-clearing double by Cruz highlighted a five-run second inning that gave Stetson the upper hand early on Tuesday.  Kevin Johnson and Casey Frawley added RBI’s in the second to put the Hatters ahead 5-1. 


That was enough for Dechert (1-0), who crafted 5 1/3 innings of 1-run ball.  That run was unearned as the right-hander pitched around six hits.  He struck out three and did not issue a walk. 


While the Hatters piled on the runs, it was a defensive play that might have sealed it.  With the score still 5-1, USF’s Brandin Daniel led off with a single.  Charles Cleveland followed with a line drive that seemed destined for the gap in right-center.  But Stetson right-fielder Adam Tindle made a diving grab, then got up and doubled Daniel off of first base. 


Frawley added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth.  In the fifth, Tindle singled in a run with the bases loaded and Cruz knocked in another with a sacrifice fly.  Cruz struck again in the seventh with a two-out bloop single to drive in his fifth run of the night and put the Hatters on top 9-1. 


James Rowe (0-1) took the loss for South Florida.  The junior left-hander lasted only two innings, allowing five runs on five hits. 


The Bulls were the first team on the scoreboard.  Walter Diaz led off the game with a single and went to second on an error.  He came home on Addison Maruszak’s centerfield single.  USF’s second run came in the eighth when Cleveland’s sacrifice fly scored Ty Taborelli after a pair of walks and a passed ball. 


Then South Florida made things interesting in the ninth.  Taborelli singled in one run and Daniel drew a two-out bases loaded walk to force in another.  Stetson closer Robbie Elsemiller struck out Cleveland on a curve ball to end the game. 


Blake Marsocci and Chris Ingoglia, also provided relief for the Hatters. 


The Hatters remain home this weekend for a three-game series against Louisville.  Friday night’s game is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Melching Field at Conrad Park. 

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