ROCKY MOUNT, Va. - Stevenson baseball freshman Scott Merkel (Hampstead/Calvert Hall) was 3-for-4 with three RBIs while junior Zac Stavish (Westminster/South Carroll) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, but four Mustang pitchers allowed 16 runs on 14 hits as N.C. Wesleyan swept a two-game series, winning game two on Friday 16-12 at Bauer Field.
Stevenson (5-16) has now lost seven-straight and are still looking for its first road win this season, falling to 0-12.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Battling Bishops responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning, including two unearned and two on a single by Jose Parra.
N.C. Wesleyan (9-12) added another run in the second and three more in the third and took a commanding 10-2 advantage into the top of the fourth where Stevenson would begin to mount a comeback.
Merkel started the rally with an RBI single that scored junior Tony Prescott (Elkridge/Howard) before he came around to score on an error. The Mustangs added two more runs in the sixth on RBIs from Stavish and senior Cody Schuchman (Baltimore/Calvert Hall) before cutting the deficit to 11-10 with four runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by three-straight RBI doubles from Merkel, Shuchman and sophomore Matt Bratter (Flanders, N.J./Mount Olive).
However, the Battling Bishops would stiffle the rally with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to back six.
Stavish would provide the final margin with a two-out, two-run homer for his second home run of the season.
Junior D.J. Milliken (Owings/Northern) suffered his fourth loss in six starts this season after allowing seven runs and five walks in 1.1 innings.
N.C. Wesleyan had five players with at least two hits and five with at least two RBIs led by Andrew Nichols who was 3-for-6 with two RBIs and Zach Alexander who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Stevenson returns home on Tuesday to host Franklin & Marshall at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. First pitch is at 3:30 p.m.