Mustangs Extend Win Streak to Five, Jason Tawney Gets 200th Career Win
STEVENSON, Md. - The Stevenson baseball team won its fifth-straight game, totaling 14 runs on 21 hits as the Mustangs swept a doubleheader with City College of New York on Saturday at Park Field, 7-3 and 7-1. The win in game two also marked the 200th career victory for head coach Jason Tawney.
Stevenson (5-1), who is off to its best start since 2010 when the team started the season 8-1, also extended its home winning streak to six dating back to last season.
For Tawney, he now owns a career record of 200-230 in 11 seasons.
Senior Heath Johnson (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) extended his hitting streak to seven games as he went 4-for-6 on the day with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Through six games this season, he is hitting .650 with 13 hits, five doubles and a team-high nine RBIs.
Sophomore Troy Miller (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) has also had a hit in all six of the team's games this season, going 4-for-6 on Saturday with three runs and two RBIs. He is hitting .545 this season with 12 hits, a team-best eight runs and five RBIs.
The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second of game one after an RBI-ground out by Johnson scored senior Matt Bratter (Flanders, N.J./Mount Olive) who led off the inning with a double.
The Beavers (0-3) would tie the game and then take the lead with three runs in the top of the third after loading the bases with no outs. After tying the game on a wild pitch, CCNY took the lead on a two-run single by Victor Vargas.
Stevenson's 3-1 deficit marked the first time that the team had trailed in four home games this season, a stretch of 29 consecutive innings.
However, the Mustangs got a run back in the bottom half of the third on an RBI-single by Miller before tying the game in the fourth after Johnson scored on a single by junior Tom Goulian (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon).
Stevenson capped its six-run rally with a four-run sixth, highlighted by a two-run single by junior Scott Merkel (Hampstead, Md./Calvert Hall). Merkel and Goulian each finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Junior Joe Walinski (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) picked up his first win of the season after scattering six hits over 7.0 innings and allowing just three runs while striking out five.
CCNY jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first of game two, but the Mustangs tied it on an RBI-double by freshman Davis Grove (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) in the bottom of the second before taking the lead for good with three more runs in the third, two of which came on a single by Grove who finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Johnson added a two-run double in the fifth before Miller capped the scoring with an RBI-single in the sixth. Johnson and Miller each went 2-for-3 with one RBI while Goulian was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
On the mound, freshman Matt Myers (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) made his team-leading third appearance of the season, but his first career start, allowing just one run and three hits over 5.0 innings before giving way to senior Tim Pyle (Silver Spring, Md./Covenant Life) who pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh.
Stevenson looks to match its longest-winning streak since the 2010 season when it hosts a doubleheader with Juniata on Sunday beginning at noon. That year, the Mustangs won six-straight from March 6 to March 9.