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Josh Powers hit a three-run home run in the opening game on Sunday.
by: Stetson University
Hatters Sweep Doubleheader from Jacksonville
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  05/04/2014
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DeLAND—Stetson rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth in game one, and Taylor Cockrell tossed a complete game in the night cap as the Hatters swept an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader from Jacksonville, Sunday at Melching Field. Stetson won the opener, 9-7, before taking the finale by a score of 6-2.

The sweep gave the Hatters a series victory, not only improving the Hatters to 20-29 overall and 9-12 in A-Sun play, but helping Stetson move a step closer to securing spot in the conference tournament at the end of the month.

GAME ONE

Stetson took an early lead in the opener, went back-and-forth with the Dolphins (15-27, 8-12) through the middle innings, then scored four runs in its final two frames to pull off a dramatic win.

With Stetson trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Josh Powers clobbered a three-run home run to left field, giving the Hatters a 3-1 lead.

JU tacked on a run in the second inning, then took their first lead with two more runs in the top of the fifth on Scott Schaub’s two-run homer.

Trailing 4-3, the Hatters scored a pair in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Fernland tied the game with a sacrifice fly, and Colton Lightner gave Stetson a 5-4 lead with an RBI double to deep left-center field.

After a scoreless sixth, the Dolphins scored twice the top of the seventh for a 6-5 lead. Schaub tied it up with an RBI single, and Nate Ricci was plunked with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run.

But the lead didn’t last long. Kevin Fagan ripped a one-out double in the bottom of the inning and scored when Tyler Bocock followed with an RBI single, tying the game at 6-6.

Stetson put the game away in the eighth. Fernland gave Stetson a 7-6 lead with a sacrifice fly. Two batters later Mitch Piatnik belted his first collegiate homer, a two-run shot, giving Stetson a 9-6 advantage.

JU loaded the bases with none out in the top of the ninth, but Tyler Warmoth (3-3) induced a double play and a pop up to end the game.

Stetson had 16 hits in the opener. Fagan was 4-for-5 with two runs scored, while Russini had three hits. Every starter had at least one base hit.

Warmoth earned the win by tossing 2.1 innings and allowing one runs (unearned) on three hits.

GAME TWO

Riding the momentum from their comeback win in the opener – and the right arm of the freshman Cockrell – the Hatters jumped on JU early in the nightcap, scoring all six runs in the first four innings.

Russini gave Stetson a 1-0 lead when he led off the second inning with his team-leading fourth home run of the year. Powers delivered a two-run single in the third, and Russini followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0.

Fernland led off the fourth with a solo homer – tying Russini for the team lead – and Patrick Mazeika delivered an RBI single to give the Hatters a 6-0 advantage.

JU scored single runs in the sixth and seventh but never really threatened for a big inning. Cockrell allowed at least one base runner in every inning, but never allowed the Dolphins to record consecutive hits.

Cockrell (5-4) fanned eight batters in seven innings, scattering seven hits and walking three.

The Hatters had 11 more hits in the nightcap. Fagan, Mazeika and Russini each had two.

Stetson next hosts nationally-ranked Florida State, 6 p.m., Tuesday, at Melching Field.



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