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Robert Bruce had a pair of hits Friday night.
by: David S. Williams
Hatters Blanked in Season Debut, 7-0
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/14/2014
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DeLAND—Ole Miss right-hander Chris Ellis tossed six shutout innings to lead the Rebels to a 7-0 win over Stetson in the 2014 season-opener for both teams, Friday at Melching Field.

Ellis (1-0) allowed just four hits while fanning four and walking two. Overall, the Hatters struck out 10 times and managed six hits.

“It’s disappointing,” said head coach Pete Dunn. “We made three errors, two mental mistakes and had a runner picked off. And off course 10 punch outs, you can’t do that and win. We got behind the eight ball too early and never put any pressure on them.”

The Rebels (1-0) grabbed an early lead in the top of the first when Auston Bousfield doubled with one out, stole third and scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.

Ole Miss broke it open with five runs in the third, taking advantage of two Stetson errors – one by third baseman K’Shawn Smith and the other from starting pitcher Kurt Schluter (0-1). Run-scoring singles by Will Allen and Errol Robinson, sandwiched around a two-run single from J.B. Woodman helped give the Rebels a 6-0 lead.

Sikes Orvis added a solo home run in the seventh off Trey Norris for the final margin.

Freshman right-hander Mitchell Jordan relieved Schluter in the third and impressed in his collegiate debut, tossing 3.1 shutout innings. Jordan scattered three hits and struck out five without a walk.

“I thought Mitchell really pitched well,” said Dunn. “It was a good time to get him in the game and still have him ready for next week.”

Schluter allowed six runs (two earned) and struck out two in 2.2 innings.

Junior Josh Powers, Stetson’s Sunday starting pitcher, made his first career offensive start at designated hitter and was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Senior right fielder Robert Bruce was also 2-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Game two of the three-game series is 2 p.m., Saturday.


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