DeLand, Fla. - Junior Ben Carhart (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) delivered a 2-RBI single in the 8th inning to tie the score and then scored the game-winning run following a one-out triple in the 9th to give Stetson its 7th victory of the season against one loss. Fellow junior Jake Boyd (West Palm Beach, Fla.) had an outstanding outing tossing the final two innings and earning the win. Boyd, 1-0 on the season, faced the minimum six batters and struck out three.
"Carhart came up big again with the triple to put us in position to win after getting the hit to tie it earlier", said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn. "And what a great performance by Boyd, he just shut him down. I was just hoping we could get a run before he ran out of gas. We were hoping we could win it for him and not waste a great performance like that."
It was not the prettiest win for Stetson who is an impressive 7-1 on the young season. The Lions out hit the Hatters 10-to-6 and four of their seven runs were unearned, yet the Hatters learned another valuable lesson in perseverance. Columbia starter Pat Lowrey (Oakdale, Conn.) did not surrender a hit until the 5th inning. It was the only hit he gave up in his 4.1 innings, yet he allowed six walks and three runs.
"Sometimes you win ugly ones and sometimes you lose ones that you play great. They have a tendency to even out", said Dunn. "You have to tip your hat to Columbia they outplayed us for much of the game."
"I am proud of our kids for coming back to tie it and then pull it out in extra innings. A win is a win, we'll take a win", he added.
Carhart finished the game 2-for-5 with a triple, a run scored and two RBI. Robert Crews (Port Charlotte, Fla.) belted his first home run of the season and scored a pair of runs. Stetson starting pitcher Jimmy O'Neill (Bradenton, Fla.) had another solid start. He threw four innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven batters and walking just one.
The Hatters will continue to host the Bright House Invitational tomorrow and take on Illinois at 7:00 p.m. and then Central Michigan Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Stetson fans can see the games on Hatter Vision at GoHatters.com with Bill Topping calling the action. Tickets are available at the gate or can be purchased online at GoHatters.com or by calling 738-HATS.