|Strong Performance on the Mound Keys Hatters Win|
Macon, Ga. – For a second consecutive weekend, Stetson gave the ball to senior Will Dorsey on Sunday in a must-win situation and, for a second consecutive week, he delivered.
Dorsey (3-2) worked seven strong innings against Mercer on Sunday to lead the Hatters to an 8-1 series clinching victory over the Bears. Stetson evened its season Atlantic Sun Conference record at 3-3 while improving to 18-9 overall. Mercer fell to 17-12 overall and 2-7 in league play.
The Stetson right-hander seemed to get stronger as the game went on. After allowing a single run in the second inning, he blanked Mercer over the next five innings while allowing just two singles. He finished the day with seven strikeouts, three on called third strikes.
“The key for me is to get all of my pitches in all of the counts,” Dorsey said. “I was a little off for the first couple of innings, but I started rolling and getting more in a rhythm as the game went along.”
After Mercer scored its lone run in the second inning, Stetson came back in the third to take the lead, scoring a pair of unearned runs off Bears starter David Randall (1-3). An error on a ground ball by Spencer Theisen opened the door for the Hatters, who got an RBI single by Mark Jones and a run-scoring ground out from Mitchel Brennan to take the lead.
Stetson padded the lead with a pair of two-out RBI singles in the fifth. Trey Blackman delivered the first, scoring Jones and chasing Randall from the game. James Rasmussen followed with a single to score Brennan off David Teasley.
The Hatters continued to play add-on in the sixth, scoring a run on consecutive two-out singles by Robert Crews and Ben Carhart. Stetson then added a single run in the seventh on a Carhart single and two more in the eighth, one on Carhart’s third hit of the day, and the other on the third error of the game for Mercer.
“We wanted to come out today and compete and stay focused for every pitch, first pitch to last,” Hatters coach Pete Dunn said. “I thought we did a great job. We got some bunts down and were able to keep adding on. I told them to play for one and get two, and that is what we did.”
Dunn said he hopes to see his squad use the win over Mercer as a guide for what the rest of the games this season should look like.
“That game has to be a template for the game Tuesday and next weekend with JU coming in,” Dunn said. “We just have to stay focused and keep working hard because, sooner or later, we will get it all together. That is a big win coming off a 1-2 weekend and having to go right back on the road.”
Carhart had three hits and drove in two runs to lead the Hatters while Trey Blackman drove in a pair of runs and drew praise for his work behind the plate in a rare catching assignment.
“I thought (Sam) Kimmel did a good job at first today and Blackman did a tremendous job with our pitchers behind the plate,” Dunn said. “We didn’t make any errors. Overall, it was a well played game. I am proud of them.”
Dorsey said he can see the team getting closer to playing at the level they expected to play at coming into the year.
“We needed this,” Doresey said. “It is just a confidence thing and I think that something small will just set this team off because we have the talent to do it.”
The Hatters will be back in action on Tuesday night in Tampa in a 7 p.m. game at South Florida to close-out a stretch of nine consecutive road games. Stetson will be back at Melching Field on Thursday evening to open a three-game A-Sun series against Jacksonville.