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Mitchell Jordan was solid in his first career start.
by: David S. Williams
Defensive Miscues Sink Hatters in 5-2 Loss at FIU
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/19/2014
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MIAMI, Fla.—Stetson committed six errors and left 11 runners on base, including six in scoring position, as Florida International handed the Hatters a 5-2 setback, Wednesday at FIU Baseball Stadium.

For the fourth straight game Stetson (0-4) fell behind early as FIU scored two runs in the top of the first, thanks in part to Mother Nature and one poor defensive decision.

Making his first career start for the Hatters, freshman right-hander Mitchell Jordan fanned the first batter he faced before running into trouble in the first inning. FIU’s Julius Gaines blooped a single to left field and Aramis Garcia followed with a double to left, moving Gaines to third.

Jordan induced a grounder from Josh Anderson but third baseman Mitch Piatnik elected to throw home and Gaines scored for a 1-0 lead. Edwin Rios blooped a single to right to load the bases and Zach Sweety followed with a single to right field which was lost in the sun by Robert Bruce, making it a 2-0 game. But Mitchell got out of it with a double play minimized the damage.

The Hatters cut the lead in half when Garrett Russini led off the second with a double, moved to third on a grounder and scored on a passed ball, making it a 2-1 game.

Stetson’s defense again was a factor in the second inning as FIU (5-0) took a 3-1 lead. The Hatters made a total of four errors in the frame, including two from second baseman Kevin Fagan on the same play, which led to the Panthers’ lone run.

Stetson closed to within 3-2 in the top of the fourth. Russini again led off with a double and scored two batters later on an infield single by Kyle Zech.

Jordan (0-1) and FIU starter Chris Mourelle (1-0) settled down from that point on and each held the other offense in check. Stetson did load the bases with two outs in the seventh but came up empty.

Stetson again had a golden opportunity to score in the eighth, putting runners on first and second with one out. But pinch-hitter Kurt Schluter and second baseman Kyle Pitts both struck out to end the threat.

FIU added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin.

Jordan was solid in his first career start, scattering seven hits over 6.0 and allowing three runs (two earned). He walked two and struck out three in suffering the loss.

Russini led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort, doubling twice and scoring both of Stetson’s runs. Patrick Mazeika also had a pair of hits.

Sweety had three hits to pace FIU’s 10-hit attack. Mourelle went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on five hits.

The Hatters next host Boston College for a three-game series, beginning 6:30 p.m., Friday at Melching Field in DeLand.


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