A-Sun: The Penut Gallery Doesn't Approve

By Bryan App - May 24, 2007

With bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Stetson coach Pete Dunn elected to pinch hit Erich Holland for starting shortstop Kevin Johnson. Holland then grounded into an inning-ending double play, and to say that some in the press box disagreed with the decision would be a bit of an understatement.

Stetson's Adam Tindle was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth, while Aaron Crittenden reached on a walk and Jeremy Cruz singled to load the bases with no outs. But Josh Clendenin struck out looking before the inning-ending double play had Dolphins pitcher Matt Davis pumping his first all the way back to the dugout.

Of course, it hurts the Hatters to not take advantage of such a situation, especially when trailing 2-0. But the defensive shift due to Johnson's departure stung as bad, if not worse. Second baseman Casey Frawley replaced Johnson at shortstop and first baseman Jeremy Cruz moved over to second.

Cruz fell down on attempt to throw out Jacksonville's Chuck Opachich stealing second in the bottom of the fifth. The ball sailed into centerfield and Opachich advanced to third before scoring on a single by Mike McAllister.

You can't really blame Dunn for trying to make something happen by subbing a player that bats .324 for one that hits .214, especially considering the Hatters have just two hits in five innings. But ouch, that hurts.

Posted by Bryan App at 04:34 PM on May 24, 2007

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