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Josh Powers tossed 3.1 innings to get the win on Sunday.
by: David S. Williams
Dunn Deals on the Brink of Hatter Series Win
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  11/05/2013
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DeLand, FL - The Dunn Deals edged the Hatternauts in game three of the Hatter Series, 2-1, taking a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-five series, Sunday at Melching Field.  

The Deals' pitching staff gave up no earned runs while scattering eight hits, punching out seven and only walking two in seven innings. Junior right-hander Josh Powers started and got the win, going 3.1 innings and giving up one unearned run. Powers was followed by freshman Griffin Fuller (0.2 IP), Tyler Keller, (1.0 IP), and redshirt sophomore Ben Rakus (2.0), who shut out the Nauts the rest of the way. Rakus picked up the save, pitching out of a bases loaded, no outs situation in the sixth where he inherited two runners.
 
Offensively the Deals took advantage of their very few opportunities, with the game-deciding runs coming off the hot bat of freshman utility player Dean Garabedian in the second inning. Junior Wade McNabb led off the second with a walk followed by junior Kyle Pitts’ fielder’s choice grounder and a double by pitcher/DH Josh Powers, leaving men on second and third.  Garabedian smoked the first pitch he saw from losing pitcher, sophomore Adam Schaly, to center field scoring both Pitts and Powers. Those runs stood up the rest of the way as the Deals didn’t get another hit the rest of the game.
 
Although the Hatternauts out hit the Deals,8-3, they could not execute offensively when they needed to. Three different sac bunt attempts in the second, fourth and seventh innings turned into strikeouts. They had a runner on third with less than two outs twice and couldn't get the runner in either time. Senior Kurt Schluter scored the Nauts only run when he stole third base and junior catcher Garrett Russini's throw went into left field, bringing Schluter home. Schluter and freshman Mitch Piatnik paced the Nauts offensively with both getting two hits a piece on the day.
 
Game four of the Hatter Series is scheduled for Wednesday with a 4:15 pm 1st pitch.



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