Baseball Edged by Rutgers-Newark in Season Opener

Baseball Edged by Rutgers-Newark in Season Opener

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Rutgers-Newark broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on for a 5-4 non-conference baseball victory over Stevenson University Friday afternoon.

Stevenson (0-1) plated a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a 3-0 lead.  In the top of the fifth, junior Billy Small led off the inning with the first Mustang hit, a single.  After moving to second on a sac bunt by junior Michael Rhodes, Small scored on a single by junior Jake Dimon.

In the sixth, sophomore Connor Wasilnak reached on an error to lead off the inning, followed by a single by junior Jake Hall.  Wasilnak was erased at third on a sac bunt attempt by junior John D'Aquanno, but a single by sophomore Matthew Kerber brought in Hall to make it 2-0.  D'Aquanno scored on a single by senior Kevin Kopas.

Rutgers-Newark (1-0) plated four runs in the bottom half of the sixth to grab a 4-3 lead as freshman reliever Erik Arenberg was touched for four runs in a third of an inning after relieving starter Daniel Williams, who went the first five innings.

The Mustangs tied the game in the top of the eighth when Kerber reached on a one-out single.  Kerber stole second then scored on a Kopas single.  The Scarlet Raiders plated the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a Josh Cote double that brought in Justin Marks.

Williams, making his first start since 2015, allowed just one hit in five innings of work, striking out two and walking four.  Senior Matt Phillips went the final 2.2 innings and took the loss, allowing four hits while fanning two.

Kerber and Kopas each had two hits for Stevenson as the Mustangs outhit Rutgers-Newark 9-5.

Stevenson returns to action Saturday when it takes on Penn State Abington in a noon contest.