DeLand, Fla. - Nick Rickles (Loxahatchee, Fla.) extended his hitting streak to 15 games while leading Stetson (28-7) to a 5-3 win over Savannah State (20-18) Saturday at Melching Field. With its second win over SSU in as many days the Hatters equaled their season-high winning streak of eight games.
Rickles finished today's game 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run and two RBI. Last week's Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week is now 6-for-9 with five RBI in the series. During his current streak he is hitting .381 with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs and 21 RBI.
Stetson sandwiched a three run second inning in between a Rickles RBI in the first, and again in the fifth inning. Stetson opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-out RBI double by Rickles that plated Robert Crews (Port Charlotte, Fla.) who had reached on a walk.
Spencer Theisen (Longwood, Fla.) led off the second with a double to left field and advanced to third on a bunt single by Sean Emory (Miami, Fla.). Theisen scored on an RBI groundout by Ryan Lashley (Lake Worth, Fla.) and Emory crossed home when Jeff Simpson (Valrico, Fla.) doubled down the left field line. Robert Bruce (Sarasota, Fla.), who singled, scored the final run of the inning when Crews grounded out to second base.
Stetson's final run of the game was the result of Rickles' 6th home run of the season. It was a deep blast to straight away center leading off the fifth inning.
Stetson starting pitcher Kurt Schluter (Jupiter, Fla.) earned his A-Sun-leading seventh victory of the season against no losses. He tossed 6.1 innings allowing one run on five hits and striking out four batters. Kyle McGowin (Sag Harbor, N.Y.) took the loss for Savannah State after giving up five runs on 10 hits over seven innings of work.
The Hatters and Tigers will return to Melching Field Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for the series finale. Stetson fans can see the game on Hatter Vision at GoHatters.com with Bill Topping calling the action. Tickets for home games are available at the gate or can be purchased online at GoHatters.com or by calling 738-HATS.