Pruitt knocked a two-run shot to right field in the third inning and followed it up with a solo blast off the scoreboard in left in the fourth. The right fielder added a first inning sacrifice fly for a 4-RBI day at the plate.
Justin Bass continued his scorching weekend with three hits in three at bats, putting him at 10-for-12 in the series. The junior from
Jake Hitchcock (3-1) registered his second consecutive win. The right-hander surrendered eight hits and four walks but only four runs in five innings. He also picked two runners off first base. Justin Dechert, Andy Mauldin, and Robbie Elsemiller chipped in out of the bullpen.
Gardner-Webb manufactured the game’s first run in the top of the first but Stetson quickly answered. Pruitt’s sacrifice fly and a single from Jeremy Cruz gave the Hatters a 2-1 lead. Cruz ended the day with four hits and batted .688 in the series.
The Bulldogs tied it the top of the third but left the bases loaded. The Hatters made them pay with a four-run bottom half of the inning. Pruitt’s two-run homer to right plus RBI singles from Josh Clendenin and Kevin Johnson put Stetson on top 6-2. Pruitt’s solo shot in the fourth made it 7-2.
Jeremiah Lokken’s RBI single in the fifth followed Daniel Cooke’s sacrifice fly to pull Gardner-Webb within 7-4.
Stetson answered in the sixth with RBI doubles from Jeremy Cruz and Kevin Mierzwinski and Bass’s third hit of the game that helped the Hatters reach double digit run totals for the fourth straight game.
The Hatters added single runs in the seventh and eighth to counter an extra run by the Bulldogs that brought the score to a 12-5 final.
Cruz led six Hatters with multi-hit afternoons. He had four to add to Bass's three. Shane Jordan, Pruitt, Mierzwinski, and Clendenin each had two. The team tallied 18 hits, giving Stetson double-digit hits in six of the last seven games.
For the series, Stetson totaled 49 hits and raised the team average from .317 to .326.
The Hatters return to action Tuesday at South Florida with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch in