Feb. 26, 2005
Stetson tied a school-record with 26 hits and produced its highest run total in 19 years in a 24-3 victory over Siena in game two of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Melching Field. The Hatters (7-4) also took the first game 7-6 and swept the three-game series from the Saints (1-3).
The Hatters tied the mark of 26 hits set in an 18-11 win at the College of Charleston during the 1998 conference tournament. Stetson last scored as many as 24 runs in a 27-2 victory over Bethune-Cookman in 1986.
Stetson hit four home runs on the day, including two by Breadyn Pruitt and one each by John DeStefano and Jeff King.
In game one, Stetson owned a 6-0 lead after seven innings but the Saints rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth. The Hatters scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth to regain a 7-4 advantage, but Siena rallied again in the ninth. With no outs, one run already in and runners on the corners, Tyler Gottlieb got a double play ground ball from Gabe Perez followed by a grounder to second by Scott King to preserve the victory.
Cameron Abel (1-0) picked up the victory, striking out seven batters over five scoreless innings of work. Josh Burnett (0-1) suffered the loss.
Pete Parris hit a two-run home run for the Saints. DeStefano went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Hatters.
In game two, Stetson scored in every inning, including a 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Four of Stetson's nine hits in the frame came with the bases loaded, including a two-run double from Nick Palmisano and a two-run single from Shane Jordan.
Chris Johnson went 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI to lead the Hatters. Brian Bocock, Jordan, and DeStefano each added three hits. DeStefano collected four RBI, while Jordan and Pruitt drove in three apiece. King hit his first career home run, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Will Romanowicz, Robbie Elsemiller (1-2), and Brendan Hayden combined on a five-hitter. Trevor Reid (0-1) suffered the loss.