Jake Hitchcock (4-1) turned in his second complete game shutout of the season to improve his two-year record at Stetson to 10-1. The sophomore scattered six singles with no walks and no strikeouts. Including Hitchcock’s effort, every Stetson starter went at least seven innings in the series.
After the starting pitchers dealt goose eggs for four innings, Stetson erupted in the fifth. Five singles, a hit batter, and a sacrifice fly brought in five runs to give Jake Hitchcock a healthy lead. Casey Frawley drove the key hit into right-center with the bases loaded to knock in two, boosting Stetson’s lead from 2-0 to 4-0. Shane Jordan and Kevin Johnson delivered run-scoring singles and Braedyn Pruitt capped the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Blake Herring (1-7) took the loss after that one bad inning. The senior retired 12 of the first 13 Hatters before Stetson broke through with the five-run fifth.
Frawley added to Stetson’s lead in the seventh when he singled in Johnson, who led off the inning with a double.
Jeremy Cruz paced the offense with three hits, including his team-leading 15th double. Frawley drove in three runs with two hits. Johnson had two hits, scored twice and knocked in a run.
Those efforts contributed to Stetson’s first ever series sweep in Buies Creek.
The Hatters return home for a 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night tilt with Bethune-Cookman at Melching Field.