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Sunday, April 25, 2010DELAND, FLA. – The Stetson Hatters scored 11 runs in three innings off the Lipscomb bullpen to complete the series sweep of the Bisons 14-5 at Melching Field in DeLand, Fla., Sunday afternoon.
The Hatters (23-19, 11-4 A-Sun) hammered out 18 hits and scored in five consecutive innings while the Bisons bats were held to two hits through the first six innings.
Junior Mike Grace started on the hump for the Bisons (14-28, 5-10 A-Sun) throwing four innings giving up three runs off five hits. Junior left-hander Alex Ross was tagged for two runs off three hits in the fifth inning as Stetson expanded its lead to 5-0.
Sophomore right-hander Josh Cotham took the mound in the sixth inning. Four of the five batters he faced had a hit and each would come around to score.
Lipscomb’s top reliever Chad Fromm replaced Cotham with one out and the bases loaded. The first two batters that Fromm faced singled. Then the Bisons committed errors on the next two plays before Fromm was able to induce Stetson catcher Nick Rickles to ground into a double play.
The Bisons finally made progress on the offensive front in the seventh scoring two runs. Ryan Wilkins was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After Andrew Nickerson struck out swinging, TJ Hoelzer, Brett Teschner and M.L. Williams had consecutive singles scoring Wilkins and Hoelzer. Tyler Wilson singled to load the bases with only one out. David Burns was called into relief for the Hatters and struck out Lee Wilson and Cory Hale to end the inning.
Stetson collected four hits off Fromm in the seventh scoring four runs before pinch hitter James Rasmussen flew out to center field to end the inning.
The Bisons also got on the board in the eighth inning off reliever Tucker Donahue. On the first pitch of the inning, Zach Messer was hit by a pitch prompting warnings to both teams by home plate umpire Brian King. Wilkins and Kyle Henry both received walks to load the bases with no outs.
Stetson lifted Donahue for Jake Boyd who induced a ground ball from Hoelzer for a double play. Messer scored from third on the play. Then catcher Logan Hostettler, who entered the game in the top of the inning as a defensive replacement, lined a home run over the left field wall for a two-run shot, his first of the season.
Matt Bowling was the exception to Lipscomb’s pitching woes Sunday. He needed just 11 pitches to get through the 8th inning while striking out two.
Lee Wilson and Hale each singled to center field to open the 9th inning. Messer lined into an unassisted double play by the shortstop who doubled Wilson off second. Wilkins popped out to end the game.
Stetson starter Kyle Maulbetsch earned the win (4-4) holding the Bisons to two hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out two.
Grace (1-2) received the loss.
The Bisons return home to Ken Dugan Field this Friday to face Jacksonville in the opener of a three-game set. First pitch is at 6 p.m.
The games can be heard on ASun.TV and the Lipscomb Sports Network with Benjamin Seamon on the call.