Fort Myers, Fla. - Stetson (35-10, 18-4 A-Sun) scored two runs in the ninth inning to break a 4-4 tie and went on to defeat Florida Gulf Coast (22-24, 11-11 A-Sun) 6-4 Friday night in Fort Myers. With two outs and runners on first and third Sean Emory (Miami, Fla.) delivered the game winner with a first-pitch single through the right side of the infield. Mitchel Brennan (Orlando, Fla.) provided an insurance run with a single to left.
"We went up by one and then with one swing of the bat they were up by three. After that we just kept grinding away and battling back until we tied the game", said Stetson Assistant Coach Mark Leavitt. "Then we continued grinding away until Emory came up with the big hit."
Ryan Lashley (Lake Worth, Fla.) and Spencer Theisen (Longwood, Fla.) scored the final runs after getting on base with back-to-back singles. It was the first hit of the game for Lashley while Theisen went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Leadoff hitter Jeff Simpson finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Stetson's Jake Boyd (West Palm Beach, Fla.) threw the final 2.1 innings giving up just one hit, striking out four and walking none. He struck out the side in the 8th inning. Boyd improved to 7-0 on the season and has earned the victory in three of the Hatters' last four games.
Stetson struck first with a run in the top of the 1st inning. Jeff Simpson (Valrico, Fla.) led off with a single down the left field line, stole second and then scored on an RBI single to center by Nick Rickles.
FGCU came back with four runs in the bottom of the second on three singles followed by a grand slam by Mikel Alvarez (West Palm Beach, Fla.).
The Hatters took advantage of another leadoff single by Simpson and a sacrifice fly by Rickles to make the score 4-2 and then tied the game in the 5th. The key hits of the inning were doubles by Ben Carhart (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) scoring Rickles and the by Theisen plating Carhart.
The Hatters and Eagles will return to Swanson Stadium on Saturday at 4:00 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 for home games are available at the gate or can be purchased online at GoHatters.com or by calling 738-HATS.