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Taylor Cockrell fanned 10 in a complete-game effort on Sunday.
by: Stetson University
Hatters Sweep Doubleheader, Series from Siena
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/09/2014
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DeLand—Taylor Cockrell pitched a complete game and struck out 10 in game one and Stetson rallied for a 5-4 win in game two as the Hatters swept a doubleheader from visiting Siena, Sunday at Melching Field.

The Sunday victories give the Hatters (5-11) a sweep of the three-game series.

“Hit-wise and run production-wise it was the best weekend of the year,” said head coach Pete Dunn. “It could have been even more productive, but we left a lot of guys on.”

Cockrell (1-2), a freshman right-hander, scattered five hits and walked just one batter in pitching his first career complete game. He needed just 106 pitches to subdue the Saints.

“He was nails,” said Dunn about Cockrell. “He and Mitchell Jordan are two awfully good freshman. That’s what we expect out of Taylor. He came into our program as more of a thrower, but he’s becoming a pitcher now.”

Stetson’s offense supported Cockrell’s efforts on the mound with a season-high 11 runs and 13 hits. Four different Hatters had at least two hits, with Kevin Fagan and Josh Powers each collecting three.

Despite Cockrell’s performance, the Saints (0-12) actually took an early lead. Mike Allen led off the second with a double over the head of center fielder Kyle Zech, and scored two batters later on a single by Alex Tuccio for a 1-0 lead.

The Hatters tied the game in third on a Patrick Mazeika RBI double, and took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth. Tyler Bocock singled and later scored on a wild pitch, and Mazeika doubled home Fagan for a 3-1 lead.

Stetson stretched its lead to 6-1 with three more runs in the seventh. Darby McCormick and Zech each had an RBI in the inning.

The Hatters broke it open with five runs in the bottom of the eighth. Powers laced a three-run double. Robert Bruce had an RBI two-bagger, and Jordan Schulz drove in his first career run on a fielder’s choice.

Powers led the offense in game one, going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Fagan was 3-for-4 with four runs scored.

Ed Lewicki (0-3) took the loss for Siena, allowing six runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings.

In game two, sophomore Ben Rakus (1-0) made his first career start. After a shaky first inning, the right-hander bounced back nicely as Stetson rallied for a win.

Rakus was hit hard early by the Saints, surrendering three runs on three hits including a two-run home run by Justin Esquerra in the first inning. But he settled down after the homer and retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced.

“Rakus had a real shaky first inning,” said Dunn. “For whatever reason, he didn’t come out of the bullpen real aggressive. But he settled down and did a nice job overall. Hopefully he can build on the last four innings today.”

The Hatters knotted the game with three runs in the bottom of the second. Garrett Russini laced a one-out triple and scored two batters later on a single by Zech. Kyle Pitts followed with an RBI double to make it 3-2, and Zech scored on a game-tying single by Mitch Piatnik.

In the fifth, Fagan led off with a triple and scored on a Mazeika single as Stetson grabbed a 4-3 lead.

The Hatters scored their final run in the sixth on a double steal. Zech led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a single by Bocock. Zech then scored on the back end of a delayed steal by Bocock, making it a 5-3 game.

Siena plated a run in the seventh when relievers Adam Schaly and Trey Norris loaded the bases with none out. Vincent Citro reached on an RBI fielder’s choice to make it 5-4, but Norris induced a pop-up and a fly ball to end the threat.

Stetson could have had an even better day offensively but the Hatters stranded 10 runners in game two including eight in scoring position.

Fagan and Zech each had three more hits in the nightcap, while Mazeika and Russini had two apiece.

Rakus went five innings for Stetson, allowing the three first-inning runs, and walking just one with three strikeouts. He surrendered four hits.

Bryan Goossens (0-1) took the loss for Siena.

The Hatters face a busy and challenging midweek schedule, which begins with No. 6 NC State, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at Melching Field. No. 16 Miami visits on Wednesday, also at 6:30 p.m.

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