Baseball Suffers Third-Straight One-Run Loss to Open 2011 Season

Baseball Suffers Third-Straight One-Run Loss to Open 2011 Season

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Stevenson baseball team dropped its third consecutive one-run loss to open the season as it surrendered six runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings en route to a 9-8 non-conference loss at Lynchburg Tuesday at Fox Field.

Junior Tony Prescott (Elkridge/Howard) had a three-run double to highlight a seven-run seventh for the Mustangs (0-3) who took an 8-3 lead into the eigthth.

Junior Zac Stavish (Westminster/Delaware Valley) started the scoring in the seventh with a two-run single before Freshman Thomas Goulian (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) capped the scoring with a two-run double as the Mustangs sent 12 batters to the plate.

With only one out, the damage could have been worse, but Stevenson stranded runners on second and third after Jared Millner retired the next two batters.

The Hornets (3-2) started the comeback in the seventh on an RBI single by Mike Walters and a sacrifice fly by Chris Colquhoun.

Trailing by three heading into the bottom of the eighth, Lynchburg pulled within two on an RBI single by Michael Del Buono before tying the game on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Walters and Logan Melton.

With the game tied at 8-8 and two outs, Richard Palase stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch before Brock Shiflett drew a walk to put runners on the corners.

Colquhoun then drove in the game-winning run with a double to left, scoring Palase.

Preserving a one-run lead, James Womack retired the Mustangs in order in the top of the ninth to earn his first win of the season while sophomore Andrew Haab (Glen Burnie/Old Mill) took the loss.

After Stevenson took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI double by senior Jeff Bihy (Baltimore/Eastern Tech), Lynchburg scored three unanswered on a sacrifice fly by Ragan Rudisill and an RBI triple by Palase who later scored on a Mustang error to give the Hornets a 3-1 lead after six.

Stavish finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Stevenson while Prescott was 1-for-5 with three runs batted in.

Walters and Colquhoun each had two RBIs for Lynchburg while Colquhoun and Shiflett both went 3-for-4.

The Mustangs return to action on Saturday with two games at Greensboro. The team takes on the host Pride at noon before facing Kenyon in a neutral site contest at 3:00 p.m.