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N Pitching Staff Loaded With Veterans C The most telling fact about the Stetson pitching staff for the 2012 season is this – the Hatters return pitchers A who accounted for 42 of the team’s 43 victories in 2011. That group combined to work 93.9 percent of Stetson’s toA ‘70 ‘82 ‘84 ‘88 ‘89 ‘90 ‘92 ‘96 ‘97 ‘00 ‘01 ‘02 ‘03

tal innings pitched last year. The result of that work was a 3.76 combined ERA. With such a strong corps of players back, the coaching staff really only has one major concern going into the season, and it not something many coaches would even give a second thought to – the 2013 season. “As deep as the pitching staff is, we still need to stay away from injuries like we encountered last year,” Dunn said. “We do, however, have some young and talented freshmen who can step up when needed. “The reality is that these young guys are going to have to pitch a lot next year, so you don’t want them going into 2013 cold-turkey, without many innings under their belts.” Finding innings for those young pitchers may prove to be extremely difficult. The Hatters’ rotation starts with junior Kurt Schluter, the 2011 A-Sun Pitcher of the Year as well as the preseason 2012 league Pitcher of the Year. Despite missing the final six weeks of the year after getting hit by a batted ball, Schluter was a sparkling 8-0 in 10 starts with a 1.40 ERA. He returns to the number one starter role this spring 100 percent recovered from his injury, which did not require surgery. “He is a classic starter who can give you 90-100 pitches a start, get in his work and rest in between, and then be ready to go the next Friday,” Hatters pitching coach Chris Roberts said. “The good thing when you look at our staff is with the depth we have with proven guys in the pen, we don’t have to push the starters to the seventh and eighth

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inning all the time. We have quality arms out there to turn the game over to.” Schluter was able to make a giant leap forward last year after surrendering his duties as the Hatters’ starting first baseman, a job he held down in 2010, hitting .301 in 45 starts. Despite the positive results at the plate, his pitching suffered. During that season he was 3-3 in 16 appearances with an 8.12 ERA. “He is a great kid, but he was a little apprehensive when we sat him down and told him that he needed to concentrate solely on pitching because he had a chance to be our Friday night guy,” Dunn said. “We all saw, when he was a freshman, that he could evolve into our number one. There is no way we could have predicted, however, what he did last year.” Senior Lindsey Caughel returns as a weekend starter off a 2011 season in which he posted a 6-2 record with a 4.88 ERA in 62.2 innings. Like Schluter, Caughel missed time due to an injury, but is back at full strength this spring. In his career, he has made 37 starts and has a 15-12 record. He was drafted by Baltimore last summer, but chose to return for his senior year. “I think consistency is Lindsey’s strength,” Dunn said. “When you look as good as these guys were, and they had some pretty good numbers, some pitched hurt all year.” Will Dorsey, another senior right-hander, returns to the starting rotation. He was the most durable of the starting staff last year, with 15 starts among his 21 appearances, and he produced the team’s only complete game performance while posting a 7-6 record with a 4.52 ERA. “He’s not going to consistently throw the ball by hitters, but his breaking ball and off-speed stuff are outstand-

2012 Media Guide & Record Book

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2012 Baseball Media Guide & Record Book