DeLand, Fla. - The Stetson bats were hot Friday night at Melching Field in a 15-4 win over Atlantic Sun Conference foe East Tennessee State University. Every player in Stetson's starting lineup had at least one base hit in the game. Bunnell's Mark Jones led the way going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a stolen base. Jeff Simpson (Valrico, Fla.) was next with three hits including a pair of doubles, and Ben Carhart (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) added three hits of his own as well as a pair of RBI.
Stetson had season-highs of 15 runs and 18 hits in the game and has now extended it current winning streak to seven games.
"We swung the bats well tonight", said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn. "Jonesy had a great night tonight with four hits, Carhart squared some balls up and Lashley had a couple tough AB's yet still had a couple hits, and Theisen had a couple hits tonight.
"I'll tell ya, if we get those two guys [Lashley and Theisen] going along with the other guys it will be exciting", he added.
Stetson, ranked #28 by Collegiate Baseball, improved to 19-4 overall and 6-1 in conference play while ETSU dropped to 13-6 and 5-3 in the A-Sun. Stetson remained on top of the league standings and ETSU fell to the fourth spot in the standings.
Stetson starter Lindsey Caughel (Orlando, Fla.) allowed a couple of home runs early to the powerful ETSU lineup, yet settled down and threw six complete innings. He allowed four runs, yet struck out seven batters and improved to 4-0 on the season. Bucs starter John Long (Anderson, SC) gave up eight runs over 3.2 innings, took the loss and fell to 1-3.
"I was real proud of Lindsey who came back strong after giving up a few early runs and the bullpen did the job again tonight", said Dunn.
Relievers Joe Dye (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Lee Cheneler (Longwood, Fla.), Tucker Donahue (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Justin Pickins (Sanford, Fla.) combined to hold the Bucs scoreless over the final three innings. Donahue, who entered in the 7th inning, is slated as Stetson's Sunday starter in this series. He threw to just one batter to end the top of the inning and then Stetson added five more runs in the bottom half.
"That was a critical time when Tucker came in the game. We would have run him back out there if we needed to but our offense took care of that", said Dunn.
The Hatters and the Bucs will be back at Melching Field on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 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.