A-Sun: Stetson Still Team To Beat

By Bryan App - May 23, 2007

With Stetson's primary closer Robbie Elsemiller unavailable due to illness, freshman Justin Dechert relieved starter Corey Kluber (131 pitches thrown) in the top of the ninth. Dechert's youth didn't show, as he retired the bottom of the Lipscomb lineup in order to seal a 4-3 comeback win for the Hatters.

For seven and a half innings, Stetson (40-17, 22-6) played like it didn't belong in the A-Sun tournament. For one inning, it played like it didn't belong in the A-Sun period. The team has an uncanny ability to turn it on when it needs to and beat any team in this conference.

The bottom of the eighth proved that, as the Hatters staged a game-winning three-run rally.

They still seem to be the team to beat in the tournament and will look to remain in the winner's bracket Thursday at 3 p.m. against fourth-seeded Jacksonville (30-26, 15-13), which must win in order to avoid elimination.

No. 6 seed Lipscomb (28-29, 12-16) will begin play Thursday with an elimination game against fifth-seeded Gardner-Webb (25-31, 12-16) at 11 a.m. And Second-seeded Mercer (33-23, 18-10) will play third-seeded Belmont (32-24, 17-11) at 7 p.m. in the winner's bracket nightcap.

Posted by Bryan App at 11:09 PM on May 23, 2007

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