2011 2011 Season Season Outlook Outlook posite and lively bats of the past few years. College baseball fans will ﬁnd that the pop generated by non-wooden bats will be reduced signiﬁcantly and that teams will be forced to return to old school baseball. With their speed on the base paths and in the outﬁeld to run down ﬂy balls, this will be an advantage for the 2011 Hatters.
turning to left ﬁeld will be the Hatters’ top hitter and leadoff man from 2010 senior Jeff Simpson (Valrico, Fla.). Simpson hit .398 with nine doubles, two triples, and 18 stolen bases. He was the team’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year along with Lashley. Simpson also had the team’s longest hitting streak of the season at 24 games. It was the third longest streak in program history. Returning to centerﬁeld is junior Spencer Theisen (Longwood, Fla.), the Team MVP for 2010. He batted .373 with 13 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 43 RBI and 24 stolen bases. In right ﬁeld sophomore transfer Mitchell Brennan (Orlando, Fla., Tallahassee C.C.) is the early leading candidate for playing time. He is a strong left handed hitter who can also pitch if necessary. Sophomore James Rasmussen (Tallahassee, Fla.) played right ﬁeld in 42 games last season with 21 starts. He was a defensive specialist who hit .272 with three doubles and 10 RBI before being injured diving for a ball and then being
“We will likely try and run more this year”, said Dunn. “Run production will be down so teams will have to hit and run, and manufacture runs earlier than in the past. It will be a whole new game for college baseball.”
Spencer Theisen ﬁnished 2011 second on the team in hitting at .373 while stealing 24 bases.
at the top of the lineup he may add Zech into right ﬁeld and along with Simpson and Theisen he will have one of the speediest outﬁelds in all of college baseball. Bruce is a high proﬁle freshman who played for a very good high school team (Sarasota Riverview). He is undoubtedly a starting outﬁelder of the future. Eggleston played for Coach Leavitt at the Salisbury School in Connecticut. He is a strong player with a lot of tools that may need to be redshirted this season due to depth. Rubinski redshirted last season and has shown tremendous improvement. He will compete for playing time in the future.
Stetson fans should be happy with the 2011 schedule. The Hatters will play 36 of their 56 games at home on Melching Field. The season will start off in DeLand with a three-game series against the University of Georgia. Then after a single game at Bethune-Cookman the University of Maine will be in town for a four-game set. The 2011 Bright House Invitational will follow immediately with Columbia, Illinois and Central Michigan participating. The Hatters will also play host to Siena, Bethune-Cookman, Florida State, USF, Savannah State, and UCF. Atlantic Sun Conference teams making the trip to DeLand this season include Mercer, ETSU, Kennesaw State, North Florida and Belmont.
Jeff Simpson led the Hatters in hitting last season with a .398 batting average,
forced to sit out the remainder of the season. He will put himself back in the mix as his hitting improves over the season. Also looking for playing time in the outﬁeld will be freshmen Kyle Zech (Naples, Fla.), Robert Bruce (Sarasota, Fla.), Brian Eggleston (Chantilly, Va.) and redshirt freshman Miles Rubinski (Cape Coral, Fla.). Zech is Stetson’s centerﬁelder of the future and the fastest player on the team. When Coach Dunn is looking for speed
The graduation of Aaron Crittenden after last season has opened the door at DH for senior Sean Emory (Miami, Fla.). Emory earned First Team All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors last season as an outﬁelder. He played in 55 games batting .359 with six doubles, one triple, three home runs and 32 RBI. Traditionally the lefty has hit well against both right handed and left handed pitching. However, if Coach Dunn considers platooning the DH position Trey Blackman will be a strong candidate for the role. Kyle Zech is another option if the Hatters look to play small ball against certain opponents. The bottom line is that the Hatters are loaded when it comes to hitters. This season the NCAA has instituted the new bat regulations. Gone are the com-
Sean Emory earned First Team All-Conference honors last season as an outﬁelder.
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