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Bucs shade Hats in 11th
posted May 24, 2013 - 10:44:38am
Mother Nature stepped in quickly Wednesday, May 22, to toss a wrench into the plans of the 2013 Atlantic Sun Conference baseball tournament being hosted by the Stetson Hatters on Melching Field at Conrad Park.
Weather delayed the opening game, and turned out to hurt the hosting Hatters, who lost a 4-3 heartbreaker in 11 innings to the East Tennessee State University Bucs.
Four games had been planned for opening day; however, the fourth game was moved to the opener Thursday, May 23, with the remainder of the schedule changed.
The loss by the Hatters means they will be back in action at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, May 23, facing the loser of Wednesday's game between No. 8 University of South Carolina Upstate and No. 1 Mercer.
The SU-ESTU game was a nail-bitter all the way, with the Hats getting a run in the top of the 11th inning, but the Bucs won it in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs.
There were many highlights in the game, but defensive play by the Hats took the spotlight, as two Bucs were thrown out at the plate in the 10th inning to keep the locals alive.
James Rasmussen led the Hats at the plate with a double and a single to chase home three runs. Darby McCormick poked a pair of singles, while Tanner Blackman doubled. One-baggers were added by Kevin Fagan, Garrett Russini, Tyler Bocock and Kyle Zech.
Southpaw Chris Perez opened on the mound and worked seven-and-a-third innings for the Hats, with Tyler Warmoth, Joe Dye and Cameron Griffin taking the loss in relief.
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