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Hatters Overtake Spartans
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/07/2007
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Kevin Johnson went 4-for-5 Wednesday night against Michigan State.
by: Chris Tunno
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(DeLand, Fla.) Stetson rallied from a five-run deficit to defeat Michigan State 13-7 Wednesday night at Melching Field.  Kevin Johnson, Brian Pruitt, and Adam Tindle combined for 10 hits, six RBI, and five runs scored while David Burns notched his first career win in relief.  


After falling behind 5-0, Stetson broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the seventh.  Tindle’s one-out single sparked a three-run rally.  Pruitt drove in a run with his first triple of the year, Jeremy Cruz singled in another, and Johnson doubled in Cruz before being thrown out at third trying to stretch the hit to another triple. 


Michigan State (3-4) built a healthy early lead with five runs in the second inning.  Kyle Day led off the inning with a walk, the next batter struck out, then five straight Spartans reached base.  Eric Roof’s RBI single scored the game’s first run and Dennis Jones followed with a double to make it 2-0.  Eli Boike singled in two more and the fifth run scored on a ground out. 


David Burns (1-0) kept Stetson in the game.  The freshman left-hander had pitched a total of just 1 1/3 innings entering the game, but turned in 5 2/3 solid frames Wednesday night.  The southpaw scattered seven hits and allowed just one run. 


The Hatters answered MSU’s early challenge in the bottom of the second on Brian Pruitt’s double to right-center that plated Adam Tindle.  Josh Clendenin doubled in a run in the third and another scored that inning when Tindle was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. 


The Spartans went ahead 6-3 in the fourth inning on Sean Walker’s double but Stetson cut it back to a two-run game on freshman Kevin Johnson’s first career home run a bullet down the left field line. 


That allowed Stetson to tie it in the fifth.  Tindle doubled in Justin Bass from first base and Brian Pruitt followed with an RBI single to knot the score at six. 


Stetson put it out of reach with four unearned runs in the 8th.  Two errors and two walks began the inning, with one run coming on a fielder’s choice and two more scoring on Jeremy Cruz’s double to straightaway center. 


The Hatters remain at home and will face Central Michigan in the beginning of a three-game series Friday night at 7:00 PM at Melching Field. 

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