April 26, 2008
DeLAND, Fla. - Andy Mauldin threw a complete game five-hitter to lead Stetson to a 6-3 win over JU in the nightcap of an Atlantic Sun Conference doubleheader at Conrad Park.
Mauldin's (5-1) only blemish was a three-run fourth inning as JU rallied to cut a 4-0 deficit to one. He struck out five and walked two.
"You have to credit to Stetson for the way they came out in the first inning to take the lead," said JU head coach Terry Alexander. "We've got to come out tomorrow and play consistently for nine innings if we want to win this series."
Stetson (18-26, 8-15 A-Sun) opened the game with four runs in the bottom of the first inning off Matt Dobbins. The Hatters strung together three straight hits, with Justin Bass, Robert Crews and Josh Clendenin each getting RBI singles.
The Dolphins (23-18, 12-14 A-Sun) answered back with three runs in the fourth. Matt Lopez laced a two-run single to center field and Jamaal Hawkins had a sacrifice fly as JU cut the deficit to one, 4-3.
Senior left-hander Matt Dobbins (4-4) pitched well after being roughed up in the first, going six innings and allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out eight and walking two.
The Hatters got some insurance in the seventh, extending the lead to 6-3. Reliever Matt Loosen hit the first two batters he faced and with the bases loaded Crews came through again with a two-run single to center, pushing the lead to three.
The two teams will lock up again on Sunday in the rubber game of the series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.