June 2, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Stetson University (42-20) earned a 12-0 victory over Bethune-Cookman Saturday afternoon in Game Three of the 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Tallahassee Regional at Dick Howser Stadium, advancing the Hatters to Sunday’s Game Five at 1 p.m. vs. the loser of Saturday night’s Florida State vs. Mississippi State game. With the loss, the Wildcats were eliminated from regional play and conclude their season at 33-27.
Stetson took the lead in the third inning as the Hatters scored three runs on four hits with centerfielder Shane Jordan landing the big blow – a two RBI double that scored both catcher Josh Clendenin and shortstop Kevin Johnson to give the Hatters a 2-0 lead. Clendenin singled to lead off the inning and Johnson reached on a bunt base hit. Jordan then scored to giver Stetson a 3-0 lead on a single to right by left fielder Justin Bass.
Stetson broke the game open in the fourth inning as it scored six times on only five hits with the benefit to two Wildcat errors. The Hatters’ Jeremy Cruz led off the inning with his fourth home run of the season to give Stetson a 4-0 advantage. Following the home run, three consecutive batters reached safely to load the bases with all three coming around to score. One of those runners scored on a throwing error by the Wildcats’ first baseman and the other two scored on a single by Bass. Adam Tindle, the Hatter’s right fielder, doubled home the fifth run and Bass scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Aaron Crittenden to make the score 9-0 after four innings of play.
After three full innings of scoreless ball, Stetson put an exclamation mark on its victory with three more runs in the top of the ninth. With two men on base from walks and no outs, Hatters’ shortstop Kevin Johnson singled up the middle to score Erich Holland. A one-out double by Casey Frawley scored Myron Carlton, who also reached base on a walk. Jordan, who had three hits, two RBI and scored two runs, scored the final run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Mierzwinski.
Dustin Blackwell, the starting pitcher for Bethune-Cookman, pitched the first 3.1 innings of the game and was tagged with the loss. His finished the season with an 8-6 record. Blackwell gave up nine hits and nine runs while striking out two and walking one. Only four of the runs he allowed were earned.
Corey Kluber, the starting pitcher for Stetson, pitched seven complete innings to gain the victory and improved is record to 12-2. He allowed no runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking only two. Kluber was never really in trouble and left only two runners on base – and that was in the second inning.