Spartanburg, S.C. - Robert Crews (Port Charlotte, Fla.) was 2-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 15 games, yet the 20th ranked Stetson Hatters could not string together enough hits to muster an offense and fell 6-0 to USC Upstate in Spartanburg. Stetson dropped to 20-7 overall and 7-3 in A-Sun play, while Upstate improved to 11-16 and 5-6.
A bright spot for the Hatters was the work put in on the mound by freshman Austin Perez (Loxahatchee, Fla.). Perez tossed four innings in relief allowing one unearned run on two hits while striking out five and walking none.
Stetson's #1 starting pitcher Lindsey Caughel (Orlando, Fla.) was forced to leave the game after just two innings with an unknown ailment. He gave up one run on three hits and took his first loss of the season against four wins.
Upstate starter Scott DeCecco (Cape May Courthouse, NJ) pitched quite well allowing six hits and no runs over 7.0 innings of work. He struck out four batters and walked three.
Joining Crews with multiple hits for the Hatters was senior Jeff Simpson (Valrico, Fla.) who finished 2-for-5.
This was the first time this season the Hatters did not win the Friday game of a conference series.
The Hatters will return to Harley Park tomorrow afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader against the Spartans. Stetson fans can hear the games on Hatter Vision at GoHatters.com with Bill Topping calling the action. Tickets for home games are available at the gate or can be purchased online at GoHatters.com or by calling 738-HATS.