The Hatters (14-20) won despite making five errors and getting just three hits from their offense. Warmoth allowed only two hits and struck out a career-high six batters, including the final three he faced in the ninth.
“You’re not supposed to win a game when you have more errors than hits,” said Stetson head coach Pete Dunn. “I’m not going to be greedy, though. It might not have been pretty, but we lost a lot of games like that early in the season. We were fortunate to be on the good side of the ledger tonight.”
Dunn praised Warmoth for his efforts.
“You’ve got to give credit to Warmoth for the job he did,” said Dunn. “He really came through for us. He bore down and got strikeouts when he needed to. He did a great job.”
All of the runs were scored in the game’s first three innings. Fernland’s two-out solo homer in the second gave Stetson a 1-0 lead, but Bethune-Cookman (17-18) came right back and tied it with an unearned run in the top of the third.
The Hatters took the lead for good in the bottom of the third. Kyle Zech started the inning with a single and moved to second on Tyler Bocock’s sacrifice bunt. Zech advanced to third when Wildcats starting pitcher John Sever’s (3-3) pickoff attempt sailed into centerfield. Zech scored on a line single by Patrick Mazeika for a 2-1 lead.
Stetson’s pitching staff took over from there. Starter Adam Schaly (2-1) set down the Wildcats in order in the fourth, and gave way to Kurt Schluter to begin the fifth. Schluter, making his first appearance since Feb.21 due to an injury, struggled with his command and loaded the bases with two out. But he retired Matt Noble on a ground out to first base to end the threat.
Warmoth came on to start the sixth and dominated the Wildcats the rest of the way. He did run into some trouble in the sixth, as Bethune-Cookman put runners on the corners with one out. But Warmoth struck out Zach Olszewski, and catcher Garrett Russini threw out Jake Welch trying to steal second for an inning-ending double play.
After breezing through the seventh and eighth innings, Warmoth ran into more trouble in the ninth. The Wildcats put the first two batters on as second baseman K’Shawn Smith and third baseman Kyle Pitts made consecutive errors. But Warmoth fanned the next three hitters to end the game and earn his seventh save.
Schaly allowed a run on two hits in his four innings of work, striking out two. He, Schluter and Warmoth combined to allow just four hits total.
Up next for the Hatters is a three-game Atlantic Sun Conference series at Kennesaw State, beginning 6 p.m., Friday.