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posted May 24, 2013 - 10:34:44am
Four runs in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, May 23, iced the University of South Carolina Spartans' 6-0 triumph over the hosting Stetson Hatters in the Atlantic Sun Conference baseball tournament, and froze them out of action, coupled with the tough 11-inning, 4-3 setback Wednesday, May 22, at the hands of the East Tennessee State University Bucs.
Mother Nature continues to keep her hands in the tournament plans, making the officials play it by ear. The goal is still to have the championship game Sunday, May 26. Check at Melching Field at Conrad Park for the final word.
The loss Thursday wrapped up the careers for four Hatter seniors, as well as the remainer of the squad. Joe Dye, Chad Rood, James Rasmussen and Mitchel Brennan wore their uniforms for the last times, while hopefully all the others will be back for 2014.
The season finale was tight most of the way, with the Spartans scoring single runs in the first and fourth frames. They finished with 15 hits, while Brandon Lee (7-6) went the full nine innings for USCU, allowing just three singles to Darby McCormick, Patrick Mazeika and Tyler Bocock.
Hatter started Josh Powers (1-8) continues to have tough luck. Although he was nicked for 10 hits in seven-and-a-third innings, he allowed just two runs, with a walk and two strikeouts. All season, his teammates have had trouble getting him many runs, as he's kept his earned-run average low.
Josh Thorne, Dye and Adam Schaly closed out in relief. A late tip of the hat to Dye, for being named to the 2013 All-Atlantic Sun Academic Team.
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