Foggo & Koos Lead Stetson toSeason Sweep of FIU

Foggo & Koos Lead Stetson toSeason Sweep of FIU

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DELAND, Fla. - The Hatters got off to a fast start on Tuesday evening at Melching Field, scoring four runs in the first two innings against visiting FIU, and then holding on for a 6-4 Stetson victory in the final non-conference game of the 2019 season.
 
Stetson improved to 22-29 with the victory, the Hatters' fourth straight against FIU, while the Panthers fell to 22-30 on the year.
 
In a game that saw 13 different pitchers take to the mound, it was the bat of sophomore Eric Foggo that made the biggest difference in the game. Stetson's leading hitter had a sacrifice fly in the first inning off FIU starter Steven Casey (0-1), hit a solo homer in the third off Daniel Brown, and then delivered a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning off Jose Machado to plate an insurance run.
 
Junior Andrew MacNeil and senior Jacob Koos got the offense going early for Stetson, delivering back-to-back doubles to open the game in the first inning. MacNeil also had a walk and was hit by a pitch, the 28th time in his career that has happened.
 
Koos, who drove home MacNeil with the first run of the game, delivered a two-run single in the second inning to make it 4-0 Stetson. The two hits give him 225 for his career, tying him with Brandon Paritz (2003-06) for 21st on the Stetson career list.
 
In addition to his two big hits, Koos made two diving catches in center to take hits away from FIU and ran down a ball in the gap to close out another inning.
 
FIU, which used a different pitcher in every inning, did not go down without a fight. The Panthers scored three times in the third inning off Stetson freshman starter Bret Neilan to get within 4-3 before Foggo's homer in the bottom of the inning. Jarrett Ford had an RBI single and Jose Garcia drove in two runs with a hit.
 
Neilan fell one out shy of qualifying for the win after allowing consecutive hits in the fifth inning. Freshman Michael Bacica (1-0) came on in relief and got a foul pop to get out of the inning with no damage. FIU plated a run off Bacica in the sixth on a two-out double by Ford.
 
Freshmen Gavin Sullivan and Danny Garcia combined to blank the Panthers in the seventh and eighth innings before senior Vlad Nunez came on in the ninth to close things out for his 11th save of the year. Nunez got the final out on a line drive that Kyle Ball climbed the ladder to catch at third base.
 
Stetson will be back in action on Thursday night when the Hatters open a crucial three-game ASUN series against North Florida. Stetson currently sits in sixth place in the league race, but the Hatters are just a half game in front of Kennesaw State, which hosts Jacksonville this weekend.
 
The first two games of the series, Thursday and Friday, are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. starts. Friday will also be Senior Day for the Hatters' five graduating seniors. Saturday's regular season finale is set for a 1 p.m. start.
 
The ASUN Tournament will begin next Wednesday morning at Melching Field with play in the tournament scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.

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