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No repeat title: Bucs eliminated from A-Sun tourney

staff report • May 23, 2014 at 11:13 PM

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A title defense was not in the cards for the ETSU baseball team.

Stetson broke a tie game by scoring two seventh-inning runs and tacked on an insurance run in the ninth as the Hatters defeated ETSU, 5-2, in an Atlantic Sun Conference tournament elimination game Friday at FGCU’s Swanson Stadium.

The Bucs registered 11 hits, but couldn’t execute in key situations. They ETSU went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners stranded.

Sophomore Jeremy Taylor scored both of ETSU’s runs and finished 3-for-5 with a double and a leadoff home run in the first, while Jordan Sanford went 3-for-4. Sanford ended his junior season reaching base safely in 20 straight games.

Senior right-hander Logan Rice (3-2), who retired the first 18 hitters he faced in the conference tournament, took the loss after being charged with the two seventh-inning runs (one earned) on three hits in four innings of work.

Stetson starter Mitchell Jordan earned the win (3-8) as he allowed two runs on eight hits in 62?3 innings and Tyler Warmoth picked up his 10th save of the year by tossing two scoreless innings to close out the game.

ETSU, the defending A-Sun champion, ended the year at 27-30, while Stetson improved to 26-33 and moved on to face Kennesaw State today at 10 a.m.

Stetson recorded 10 hits. Fernland, Russini, and Taylor Cockrell all finished with multi-hit games. Cockrell posted three singles, Fernland went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, and Russini finished 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Senior right-hander Will Chesney pitched the final two innings to make his 33rd appearance of the year, tying him for the second-most appearances in ETSU single-season history.

The game was ETSU’s final appearance in the A-Sun tournament. The school will move back to the Southern Conference for all sports beginning in the fall.

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