Jacksonville, Fla. - Stetson (31-9, 14-4 A-Sun) split a doubleheader with second place Jacksonville (24-15, 14-7 A-Sun) Saturday and maintained its position atop the league standings with a 2-1 series win. After falling 10-4 in the afternoon game the Hatters came out on top 9-4 in the nightcap.
Stetson, ranked #18 in the country, came out strong in game two and put away Jacksonville with a seven-run second inning on five hits and one Dolphin error. The Hatters added single runs in the 7th and 8th innings.
Ben Carhart (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) led the offense going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Mark Jones also had two hits to go along with two runs scored.
Starting pitcher Austin Perez (Loxahtchee, Fla.) looked good on the mound yet did not throw enough innings to pick up the win. He tossed 4.1 innings allowing one run on nine hits and struck out one batter. Jake Boyd (West Palm Beach, Fla.) closed out the Dolphins pitching the final 1.1 innings and was credited with the win after giving up no hits and striking out one batter. He improved to 4-0 on the season.
I am proud of our guys coming up here and playing a very good Jacksonville team. We did what we had to do and we got after it", said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn. "The second game today they [JU] came out all energized after winning the first game and our guys didn't let down."
"As always it was a team effort our team worries about getting the "W" and to get two out of three up here is really big", he added.
In the day's first game the teams were tied 4-4 through seven and a half innings before JU jumped on Stetson for six runs in the bottom of the 8th. Offensively Carhart and Nick Rickles (Loxahatchee, Fla.) each tallied two hits for the Hatters who totaled 10 hits as a team. Jacksonville had 15 hits yet not one player on either side had an extra base hit in the game.
Lindsey Caughel (Orlando, Fla.) started for the Hatters. He threw five innings allowing three runs, two earned, and struck out seven. He left with a 4-3 lead yet did not get a decision. Will Dorsey (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) threw two innings allowing five hits, four runs and suffered the loss and fell to 5-4 on the season.
Stetson returns home to host Bethune-Cookman Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. 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.