Kevin Ruiz started Saturday at DH and finished the game on the mound.
Feb. 19, 2011
DeLAND, Fla.------Stetson posted a 7-2 win over Georgia here Saturday at Melching Field.
The Hatters (2-0) jumped ahead 3-0 in the first off junior right-hander Ben Cornwell who was making his first career start. Spener Theisen and Mark Jones reached on one-out singles and then executed a double steal. Third baseman Ben Carhart drove in the first run with a groundout. First baseman Ryan Lashley followed with a two-out, RBI-double and designated hitter Trey Blackman capped the outburst with a run-scoring single. The Hatters put two more on but a nice running catch in left field by Zach Cone ended the frame.
Georgia (0-2) tried to answer in the second inning but the Hatters flashed the leather. Sophomore Kyle Farmer was robbed of extra bases when Carhart made a leaping catch of a liner to start the inning. With one on and two outs, Colby May drilled a ball to the warning track in left center that Theisen tracked down with an over-the-shoulder catch to ignite the crowd of 1,424. Stetson extended its lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the inning when Robert Crews singled , took third on a hit and run by Jeff Simpson and scored on a bounce out by Theisen.
In the third, Georgia loaded the bases with two outs after Levi Hyams and Johnathan Taylor reached on base hits and Cone drew a walk. However, Stetson right-hander Will Dorsey retired Farmer on a bounce out to third to keep it 4-0. Junior left-hander Chase Hawkins started the bottom of the fourth for Cornwell, who allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and one strikeout. The Hatters added an unearned run in that inning as Crews reached on an error by Farmer and scored on a two-out, RBI-single by Jones for a 5-0 lead. Georgia brought in senior right-hander Eric Swegman to pitch the next two innings.
Georgia finally broke through in the sixth. With one out, Farmer singled and took third on a Chase Davidson double off the right field wall. Junior Jonathan Hester grounded one to third, allowing Farmer to score, but on the play, Davidson was thrown out trying to advance to third to end the top of the inning.
Dorsey, who got the win, was lifted after six strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits as the Hatters turned it over to Jake Boyd. Meanwhile, Swegman provided the Bulldogs with two scoreless innings of relief and then Georgia went to redshirt freshman right-hander Clayton McKenney in the seventh. In his debut, McKenney allowed two runs on one hit with two walks, a wild pitch and hit a batter as the Hatters extended their lead to 7-1. Georgia managed to put two on to start the eighth as Hyams drew a walk and Taylor collected his second hit of the afternoon. However, the Hatter bullpen held the Bulldogs to a run on a sacrifice fly by Farmer and preserved a five-run edge at 7-2. In the eighth, sophomore Kevn Ruiz made his Bulldog debut on the mound after serving as the designated hitter for the first seven innings. He pitched a perfect frame.
"I thought that we played well last night, and I was hoping we would follow it up today, but we didn't," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We didn't make a run and didn't execute late. We didn't play close to our identity. I know we're a better team than what we showed today. Stetson made some plays early and got a bit of lead but we didn't force them to make a lot of plays because we had a lot of pop-ups and didn't do much offensively."
The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Stetson will start sophomore right-hander Kurt Schluter while the Bulldogs will counter with sophomore left-hander Alex Wood.