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by: Stetson University
Hatters Host Midweek Series with USF
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/31/2014
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First Pitch
The Hatters conclude their 6-game home stand when they play a pair of midweek games against USF, beginning 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at Melching Field. The teams will also play at 4 p.m., Wednesday.
    Following Tuesday’s game, the Hatters play just one of their next eight games at home. Stetson visits North Kentucky for an A-Sun series this weekend, hosts Bethune-Cookman on April 8, and hits the road again for an A-Sun series next weekend (Apr. 11-13) at Kennesaw State.
    Stetson is 9-12 at home this season and 1-6 in road games.
Stetson vs. South Florida
Stetson and South Florida are meeting for the 159th time tonight at Melching Field. Stetson holds a slim 80-78 advantage in a series which began in 1966. The teams are scheduled to play a total of three times this season, including in Tampa on April 15.
    USF swept the Hatters in two separate meetings last year, winning 12-8 in Tampa and 6-2 in DeLand.  The teams have split the last 10 meetings overall.
    Stetson head coach Pete Dunn is 62-65 in his career against the Bulls.

Scouting the Hatters
Stetson’s up-and-down season continued last week as the Hatters went 2-2 in games against Florida A&M (1) and Florida Gulf Coast (3).
    The Hatters banged out a season-high 18 hits in Sunday’s 18-9 win over the Eagles in game one, scoring their most runs since the 2012 season opener in the process. But Stetson couldn’t hold onto the momentum in game two and eventually lost, 4-3, in nine innings. Patrick Mazeika enjoyed a remarkable weekend, going  11-for-13 at the plate, including 8-for-9 in the doubleheader.
    Mazeika is pacing the Stetson offense through 28 games, hitting a team-best .384 with a .475 slugging percentage and a .492 on-base percentage, also team highs. But despite those lofty offensive numbers, Mazeika has drive in just 11 runs, primarily because he’s had just 20 at-bats all season with runners in scoring position. He also has left just eight runners on base this season in nearly 125 plate appearances.
    Kyle Zech is another Hatter who appears to be hitting his offensive stride. Zech, hitting .308 entering the mid-week series with USF, is riding a 7-game hitting streak during which he’s batting .435 (10-23). Zech is tied for third in the A-Sun with nine stolen bases, and his .392 on-base percentage is second on the team.
    On the pitching side, freshman Mitchell Jordan enjoyed a memorable week as he picked up his first two collegiate victories. Jordan started and earned the win in Wednesday’s 6-3 victory over FAMU, and he picked up another win in relief in Sunday’s 18-9 win over FGCU. On the year Jordan is 2-3 with a 3.63 ERA.
    Sophomore Tyler Warmoth is currently tied for fourth in the A-Sun with a career-high five saves.
Three Dot Data
1B/C Patrick Mazeika went on a tear last week, going 13-for-17 in four games and raising his season batting average from .317 to .384 ... Mazeika leads the A-Sun with a .492 on-base percentage ... C Garrett Russini has seen steady improvement in his offense in the last 11 games, raising his batting average from .203 to .260 by hitting .361 (13-39) in that span. He also has two homers and 13 RBI in those 11 game ... sophomore OF/INF Kevin Fagan is batting .077 (3-for-39) since having his 13-game hitting streak snapped on March 12 vs. Miami ... when SS Tyler Bocock and Russini each homered in the first game of Stetson’s doubleheader at ETSU it marked the first time the Hatters had more than one home run in a game since also hitting a pair at ETSU on May 13, 2012, a span of 88 games ... Stetson’s catching trio of Russini, Mazeika and Wade McNabb have thrown out more would-be base stealers (16) than any other group in the A-Sun ... Russini currently leads the conference with four triples.

Up Next
Stetson returns to Atlantic Sun Conference play when the Hatters visit Northern Kentucky for a three-game series, beginning 3 p.m., Friday.

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