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Junior catcher Garrett Russini leads the Hatters into the A-Sun Tournament, which begins Wednesday.
by: Stetson University
Hatters Open A-Sun Tourney Play Wednesday
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  05/19/2014
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First Pitch
Stetson makes its 15th consecutive appearance in the Atlantic Sun Conference championship this week, which is being held May 21-25 at FGCU’s Swanson Stadium in Fort Myers. Stetson has participated in every A-Sun Tournament since 2000, and has missed tourney played just once (1999) since joining the league in 1987.
    The Hatters head to Fort Myers in search of their seventh A-Sun Tournament title. Stetson has previously won tournament championships in 1988, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2005, 2006.
    The 2014 field features top seeded FGCU, Mercer, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Jacksonville, ETSU, Stetson and North Florida. The Hatters are matched in Bracket One with Mercer, Kennesaw State and ETSU.
    Stetson opens play against Mercer at 1:15 p.m., on Wednesday. Depending on the results, the Hatters will play Thursday at either 10 a.m. (loser’s bracket) or 5 p.m. (winner’s bracket).
Hatters in the A-Sun Championship
Stetson owns a 44-42 all-time record in A-Sun Championship play, with six tournament championships (1988-90, 2000, 2005-06). The Hatters, however, haven’t fared well in recent tournaments, posting just a 5-13 mark since winning their last title in 2006.
    Stetson’s last tournament game victory was a 1-0 win over USC Upstate in 2012. The Hatters went 0-2 in 2013, losing to ETSU (4-3) and Upstate (6-0).

Stetson vs. 2014 A-Sun Championship Field
The Hatters are 10-11 this season vs. the 2014 A-Sun Championship field. Stetson is a combined 270-186 (.592) all-time against the 2014 field.
    In tournament play, Stetson is 8-11 against the 2014 field. The Hatters are 4-1 against opening round opponent Mercer, and oddly have yet to face North Florida in a tournament game.
Hit Record Falls vs. Upstate
The Hatters closed out the 2014 regular season on a high note by breaking the school record for hits in a game in last Friday’s 20-4 win over USC Upstate. Stetson banged out 29 hits in the game, breaking the previous record of 26 which had been accomplished twice before, most recently against Siena on Feb. 26, 2005.
    Seven different players had at least two hits against the Spartans. Kevin Fagan was 4-for-4 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning. Tyler Bocock also had four hits, while Taylor Cockrell and K’Shawn Smith had three each. Third-string catcher Wade McNabb recorded the record-breaking hit with a single in the seventh.
    The Hatters had only four extra-base hits. Jordan Schulz, Garrett Russini and Kyle Zech each doubled, while Mike Fernland tripled. The 20 runs were a season-high for the Hatters, and the most by a Stetson team since scoring 22 against Jacksonville on March 14, 2009.
Getting Offensive
Stetson’ s offense has made great strides throughout the 2014 season, culminating with last Friday’s 20-run, 29-hit explosion against USC Upstate.
    The Hatters struggled in the early weeks of the season, hitting just .193 in their first 13 games and averaging less than two runs per game.
    But since March 8, things have been quite a bit different at the plate. Over their last 43 games the Hatters are hitting .297 and averaging 5.6 runs per contest.
    Things have been even better for the Hatters at the plate in A-Sun play. In 27 conference games, the Hatters are hitting .314 and averaging 6.0 runs per game.
Closing the Door
Sophomore reliever Tyler Warmoth is one of the A-Sun’s more unheralded players, but he has arguably been Stetson’s most important pitcher this season. The right-hander is enjoying a breakout season and has, at times, been nothing short of dominant.
    Over his last 19 appearances, Warmoth is 4-1 with seven saves and a 1.69 ERA. Overall, 13 of his 26 appearances have covered multiple innings.
    In his last six appearances entering the A-Sun Tournament, Warmoth is 1-0 with two saves and a 0.00 ERA in 11.2 innings, with 11 strikeouts and three walks.
    Warmoth’s nine saves entering the post-season are a career-high and the most by a Stetson reliever since Robbie Powell had 18 in 2012.

Freshman OF Influence
Right-hander Taylor Cockrell has arguably been Stetson’s best starting pitcher this season, and his performance has put him in some pretty elite history as far as Stetson freshman pitchers are concerned.
    Cockrell won his fifth game of the season against Jacksonville, the most victories for a Stetson freshman since Justin Dechert won six games in 2007.
    With 90.1 innings under his belt and at least two starts remaining, Cockrell has already thrown the most innings by a freshman since Lenny DiNardo tossed 98.1 in 1999.

Former Hatter Jacob deGrom Joins Mets
Former Stetson baseball standout Jacob deGrom was recalled by the New York Mets last Monday.
    Originally slated to be a part of the Mets bullpen, deGrom made an emergency start last Thursday against the Yankees and excelled. He allowed one run on four hits in 7.0 innings, walking two and striking out six.     
    deGrom, a right-handed pitcher who was summoned from Triple A Las Vegas, is the 10th Stetson player to reach the Major Leagues. He joins current Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson and Cleveland Indians pitcher Cory Kluber as active Hatters in the big leagues.
    The 25-year old deGrom, who was ranked as the Mets No. 10 prospect by Baseball America entering 2014, was 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA in seven starts with the 51s. He is expected to pitch out of the Mets bullpen, though he has never worked in relief as a professional (58 appearances, 58 starts).
    deGrom played three seasons at Stetson (2008-10) and spent time as both a shortstop and pitcher, though he didn’t spend any significant time on the mound until his junior year when he was 4-5 with a 4.48 ERA in 82.1 innings over 17 appearances. The Mets selected deGrom in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

Mazeika Named to A-Sun All-Academic Team
Sophomore first baseman Patrick Mazeika has been named to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic team, the league office announced on Monday. He is one of 13 players selected to the squad.
    A-Sun Sports Information Directors voted on the team. Minimum requirements included a 3.30 grade-point average and at least one full year in residency at the institution. First-year freshman and transfer are not eligible for the team.
    Mazeika, who earlier this spring was named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV First team, boasts a 3.56 GPA in Sports Management.
    Mazeika leads the Hatters and ranks fifth in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a .366 batting average. Entering the post season, Mazeika has 17 doubles, two home runs, 22 RBI and a team-high 40 runs scored. His .492 on-base average is second in the A-Sun.
    Mercer’s Brandon Workman is the 2014 A-Sun Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Three Dot Data
Patrick Mazeika is on the verge of a somewhat dubious -- and painful -- Stetson record. Mazeika has been hit by pitch a record-tying 17 times this season, and is one HBP shy of the mark outright ... Stetson’s sweep of Lipscomb was its second weekend sweep of the year (Siena) and its first in A-Sun play since sweeping Northern Kentucky last season (May 10-12) ... with 17 home runs as a team Stetson has more than doubled its homer out-put from last season (7) ... thru 56 games this season, the Hatters have collected 140 extra-base hits. In 57 games in 2013, Stetson recorded 91 XBH ... after going 88 games without a multi-homer game, Stetson has hit two home runs in a game four times this season, including both games of Sunday’s doubleheader with Jacksonville ... OF Mike Fernland and DH Josh Powers each connected for their first career home runs in the first game of Stetson’s doubleheader at Northern Kentucky (April 5) ... both homers came in the seventh inning, the first time the Hatters have hit multiple home runs in the same inning since May13, 2012 at ETSU ... when SS Tyler Bocock and C Garrett 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 ... head coach Pete Dunn won his 1,250th game on May 11 at Mercer.

Hatters Picked Sixth, Mazeika Honored
Stetson’s baseball team was picked to finish sixth in the 2014 Atlantic Sun Conference race, and sophomore first baseman Patrick Mazeika was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Conference team in voting by A-Sun head coaches.
    The Hatters received a total of 60 points in the coaches poll, finishing just behind fifth place Kennesaw State (64). Stetson returns six seniors among its 19 letter winners from last season’s 26-31 squad.
    Defending regular-season champion Mercer received seven first place votes and 97 total points en route to being named as the preseason favorite. North Florida (86) received one first place vote, while Florida Gulf Coast (73) received two first place votes. Defending tournament champion East Tennessee (69) is fourth in the preseason poll, followed by Kennesaw State, Stetson, Lipscomb (34), USC Upstate (30), Jacksonville (27) and Northern Kentucky (10).
    Mazeika was one of three unanimous selections to the Preseason All-Conference team. The 2013 A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Mazeika batted .382 with three home runs and 33 RBI in 57 games. Mazeika was also a first-team all-conference selection and was a consensus Freshman All-America honoree.

Stetson Baseball History
A participant in Florida’s first intercollegiate baseball game in 1902 (W, 4-0 vs. Rollins), Stetson has been playing baseball since 1901. The Hatters are beginning their 97th season of competition, with the program being dormant during both World Wars.
    The Hatters have had plenty of success on the field, winning 1,913 total games and carrying a .571 winning percentage into the 2014 season.
    Stetson has participated in 17 NCAA Regionals, 2011 being the last time, and captured eight Atlantic Sun Conference championships (Stetson was an independent in baseball until 1987).
    Stetson has produced its share of Major League Baseball talent as well, boasting a pair of first round draft picks and nine Major Leaguers, including current Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson and Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber. Others to play in the big leagues include: Brian Bocock, Lenny DiNardo, Eric Knott, Kevin Nicholson, Wade Rowdon, Bill Swaggerty and George Tsamis.

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