DeLand, Fla. - The BHSN curse struck again as #18 Stetson (29-8) dropped another road game televised on the Bright House Sports Network, this time 5-2 to South Florida (18-18) in Tampa. Earlier this season the Hatters fell to UCF in Orlando when televised on the same local cable network.
After allowing five runs in the first three innings the Stetson pitching staff settled down and pitched scoreless baseball for the remainder of the game. Will Dorsey (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) struck out four batters over 2.2 innings and Jake Boyd (West Palm Beach, Fla.) struck out three in 2.1 innings of work. Starter Cameron Griffin (Naples, Fla.) allowed three runs over 1.1 innings and took the loss in his first collegiate start. He is now 1-1 on the season. USF starter Zach Pietrzyk (Valrico, Fla.) picked up the win and is now 4-1.
The Hatters scattered five hits over nine innings led by Ben Carhart (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) who was 2-for-4 and Ryan Lashley (Lake Worth, Fla.) who was 1-for-2 with a double, a sacrifice fly and an RBI. Mark Jones (Bunnell, Fla.) also doubled for Stetson.
Stetson manufactured its first run in the top of the 5th inning. Sean Emory led off with a bunt single, moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Spencer Theisen, stole third base, and then crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Zech. The Hatters added one more in the 9th after a Jones double and a sacrifice fly by Lashley.
Next up for the Hatters is a weekend series on the road against second place Jacksonville. They will play Friday at 7:00 p.m. followed by a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. 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.