The suddenly surging Hatters -- winners of three of their last four games -- return to Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend when they visit Northern Kentucky. The Hatters and Norse will play three games, beginning 3 p.m., Friday.
This is the first of consecutive conference road weekends for the Hatters as Stetson is slated for three games next weekend at Kennesaw State.
Stetson enters the weekend fresh from a mid-week sweep of USF, and is playing arguably its best baseball of the season. Since starting the season 2-11 the Hatters are 10-7 with most conference games remaining.
Stetson vs. Northern Kentucky
Stetson and Northern Kentucky first met last season, NKU’s first in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Hatters swept a three-game series in DeLand last May.
Scouting the Hatters
Stetson enters this weekend on a high note after sweeping pair of games from USF during the midweek. Stetson won the opener on Tuesday, 6-3, and took Wednesday’s game by a 2-1 score.
Sophomore 1B/C Patrick Mazeika is enjoying an incredible stretch at the plate. Over the last six games, Mazeika is batting .652 (15-23) with five doubles and five RBI.
Mazeika is pacing the Stetson offense through 30 games, hitting a team-best .390 with a .495 slugging percentage and a .504 on-base percentage, also team highs. But despite those lofty offensive numbers Mazeika has driven in just 11 runs, primarily because he’s had just 22 at-bats all season with runners in scoring position. He also has left just eight runners on base this season in nearly 125 plate appearances.
Kyle Zech is another Hatter who appears to be hitting his offensive stride. Zech, hitting .329 entering the weekend, is riding a 9-game hitting streak during which he’s batting .464 (13-28). Zech is tied for third in the A-Sun with nine stolen bases, and his .420 on-base percentage is second on the team.
On the pitching side, freshman Mitchell Jordan enjoyed a memorable week as he picked up his first two collegiate victories. Jordan started and earned the win in Wednesday’s 6-3 victory over FAMU, and he picked up another win in relief in Sunday’s 18-9 win over FGCU. On the year Jordan is 2-3 with a 3.63 ERA.
Sophomore Tyler Warmoth is currently tied for third in the A-Sun with a career-high six saves.
Three Dot Data
1B/C Patrick Mazeika went on a tear last week, going 12-for-17 in four games and raising his season batting average 67 points. He is currently hitting .390 ... Mazeika leads the A-Sun with a .504 on-base percentage ... C Garrett Russini has seen steady improvement in his offense in the last 13 games, raising his batting average from .203 to .278 by hitting .386 (17-44) in that span. He also has two homers and 16 RBI in those 11 games ... sophomore Kevin Fagan made his first pitching appearance of the season on Wednesday against USF and earned the save by pitching the final two innings ... when SS Tyler Bocock and Russini each homered in the first game of Stetson’s doubleheader at ETSU it marked the first time the Hatters had more than one home run in a game since also hitting a pair at ETSU on May 13, 2012, a span of 88 games ... Stetson’s catching trio of Russini, Mazeika and Wade McNabb have thrown out more would-be base stealers (16) than any other group in the A-Sun ... Russini currently leads the conference with four triples ... the Hatters have made just two errors in their last five games.
Stetson hosts county rival Bethune-Cookman, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Melching Field