|Dorsey Bounces Back To Help Hatters Past Chips|
The last week seemed like an eternity to Stetson senior right-hander Will Dorsey. After giving up five runs on six hits in one inning last Sunday, he could not wait to get back on the mound for the Hatters.
Dorsey looked like his old self on a soggy Sunday afternoon at Melching Field, allowing just two runs on six hits over seven innings as Stetson defeated Central Michigan 14-3 to take the final game of the four-game weekend series.
The Hatters improved to 6-1 win the win while CMU falls to 2-5.
Stetson coach Pete Dunn said on Saturday that he expected Dorsey (1-0) to have a good outing, and he was not disappointed.
“The best part about today was Will Dorsey going out there and pitching like he is capable,” Dunn said. “I told him when I went over and shook his hand after seven ‘that was the Will Dorsey we have come to know and love.’ We knew he had an off day that first weekend. He threw well and we swung the bats a little better. We only had one error, so it was a lot better defense.”
Offensively, the Hatters bounced back from a sluggish performance on Saturday night, pounding out 14 hits against four Central Michigan hurlers. CMU starter Rick Dodridge (1-1) gave up seven runs in his 4.1 innings, but just one was earned because of three Chippewas errors. CMU was charged with a total of 12 errors in four games, mistakes which led to 18 unearned Stetson runs.
The Hatters got on the board quickly in the first inning when senior Robert Crews, who fell a double short of hitting for the cycle, tripled and then scored on an error by CMU shortstop Jordan Dean. Crews capped his four-hit day with a two-run homer in the eighth inning and had a pair of singles in between.
“I was seeing it pretty good today,” Crews said. “They had some good guys out there, but I felt pretty good at the plate. I honestly didn’t even know (about the near cycle) and I didn’t think the homer was going out when I hit it.”
Dorsey had his only troubles in the second inning when, with a steady rain falling, he surrendered a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases. Randon Henika delivered a sacrifice fly to score a run, but Dorsey got a ground ball to get out of the inning.
“It was good to get back out there after that last start. I ran into a little trouble early, but was able to settle into a rhythm and was able to stay in it the rest of the game. I had to battle through the adversity of the second inning.”
The Hatters gave Dorsey all the support he would need by scoring four times in the third inning, but then continued to pile up runs from there. Stetson scored two in the fifth, two more in the sixth, one in the seventh and closed with four runs in the eighth.
“We got some key base hits and took advantage of some things when we had chances,” Dunn said. “Mark Jones knocked the heck out of the ball today but only had one hit to show for it. He really squared some balls up. We hit some balls pretty well that we didn’t get hits to show for. The thing on a wet field is you have to put the ball in play and make them make plays.”
Besides Crews, the Hatters got two hits and two RBI each from Ben Carhart, Ryan Lashley and Trey Blackman. Kyle Zech also had a double and drove in two.
The Hatters will return to action on Tuesday night in the first road game of the year. Stetson will venture to the east side of Volusia County for the first of two scheduled games against Bethune-Cookman. The game is set for a 6 p.m. start at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, the home of the Daytona Beach Cubs.
“We will go over and play a very good Bethune-Cookman team,” Dunn said. “They have played some good competition already and done very well.They have a new coach, but it will be the same type of team that will get after you. We have a little friendly rivalry with them.”
The Wildcats are off to a 4-3 start to the season after opening the season with two wins at Florida Gulf Coast and then taking two of three at South Florida this weekend.
The Hatters will return home next Friday to open play in the Brighthouse Invitational Tournament. Stetson will host Pennsylvania at 7 p.m. on Friday, Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Georgia State at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Other tournament games at Melching Field will pit SIU against Georgia State at 1 p.m. on Friday, Penn against Georgia State at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Penn against Southern Illinois at 11 a.m. on Sunday.