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Hatters Baseball Comes Back to Win in 10
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/09/2007
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(DeLand, Fla.) –Josh Clendenin’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th capped a late Stetson comeback in a 3-2 win over Central Michigan Friday night at Melching Field.  Stetson’s starter Cory Kluber did not figure in the decision but struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven innings. 

The Hatters improved to 12-5 on the year while Central Michigan dropped to 6-6. 


After Shane Jordan was ejected arguing a ground out to start the 10th, Casey Frawley walked.  Braedyn Pruitt’s infield single then skirted past shortstop for an error to put Frawley at third and set up Clendenin’s game-winning sacrifice. 


Robbie Elsemiller (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless relief innings.  The Hatters star closer pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning and then escaped a second-and-third situation with two outs in the top of the 10th. 


With Stetson trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Justin Bass led off with a double for his fourth hit of the night.  Adam Tindle followed with a double of his own into the right field corner to bring in Bass for the tying run and force the extra frame. 


Kluber allowed just one run on three hits and no walks in his seven innings.  The only run he allowed was on a leadoff home run in the fifth inning to Bryan Mitzel.  It was Mitzel’s first home run of the season and the first long ball Kluber had allowed this year.  Kluber’s 11 strikeouts topped his 10-K game against USF in 2006 and were the most by a Hatters pitcher since 2002. 


CMU's Josh Collmenter was just a bit better until the ninth.  The 6-4 right-hander allowed seven hits but only the one run through eight innings.  He struck out six and walked one before leaving with the lead in the ninth. 


With the score tied 1-1, Cody Allen led off the 8th with a walk for the Chippewas.  He stole second with one out and swiped third with two outs.  Tyler Stovall then cashed in for Central Michigan with a bouncing ball single up the middle to plate the lead run. 


The Hatters answered Mitzel’s home run in the bottom of the sixth when Bass tripled into the right field corner to score Braedyn Pruitt. Bass ended the night 4-for-4, missing only a home run for the cycle. 


The Hatters continue their series with Central Michigan Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. at Melching Field. 


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