(DeLand, Fla.) – Shane Jordan’s three-run homer highlighted a seven-run sixth inning as Stetson defeated Bethune-Cookman, 10-3 Tuesday night at Melching Field. Despite playing on their home field, the Hatters were the visiting team as Tuesday’s game was moved on short notice from Daytona, where it was originally scheduled.
Stetson (9-3) sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth and scored seven runs on only three hits. A walk and four errors by the Wildcats (5-8) were the primary ingredients to the Hatters big inning. Jordan’s home run was his first since May 8, 2005 and the second of his four-year career. Adam Tindle and Jeremy Cruz each added RBI singles during the inning.
Justin Dechert (2-0) won his second consecutive Tuesday night start. The freshman turned in six innings and allowed just two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking two.
All the action came after B-CC starter Hiram Burgos left after five shutout innings. The right-hander allowed four hits and four walks, while striking out three. Concepcion Guzman (0-2) took the loss after all four batters he faced scored.
Bethune-Cookman scored single runs in the first, sixth, and eighth innings. Stetson closer Robbie Elsemiller helped the Hatters escape a trouble spot in the eighth by striking out Chris Henault to strand runners at first and third.
Braedyn Pruitt and Josh Clendenin put the finishing touches on Stetson’s victory with back-to-back home runs in the ninth. It was Pruitt’s second of the year, which leads the team, and capped a 2-for-4 night. Clendenin’s home run was his first of the season. The Hatters had only one home run in the season’s first 11 games before the three-homer eruption Tuesday night.
Jordan and Jeremy Cruz each added multi-hit efforts to the Stetson attack.
The Hatters next host the Stetson Invitational this weekend in a tournament that includes #7 Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Iowa. Stetson’s first game in the tournament is a Friday night marquee match-up with Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m. at Melching Field.