ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – The Stevenson University baseball team won its second straight game Sunday afternoon, edging North Carolina Wesleyan College 7-6 at Bauer Field.
Stevenson (5-5) trailed 4-3 through four innings, but took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth, before tacking on two more in the seventh inning. The Battling Bishops (15-6) plated single runs in the seventh and ninth.
In the fifth, the Mustangs loaded the bases with one out on an error, a single, a sac bunt and a walk. Stevenson tied the game 4-4 when sophomore Connor Wasilnak grounded out, allowing senior Kevin Kopas to score. Junior Billy Small made it 5-4 when he scampered home on a wild pitch.
In the seventh, Stevenson plated two runs when Wasilnak reached on an error, allowing Small and freshman Brady Kessler to score. Small had reached on a single, while Kessler reached on a fielders' choice.
The Mustangs plated single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to take a 3-0 lead, before North Carolina Wesleyan crossed home plate four times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.
In the second, Small reached on a one-out single and scored on a double down the left field line by junior Jake Dimon. In the third, junior Jake Hall worked a leadoff walk and scored on a Kopas single, while a single by freshman Jacob Norris plated Kessler in the fourth after Kessler led off with a single.
Small led Stevenson with three hits while Kopas had two. Small extended his hit streak to eight games, while Kopas extended his hit streak to seven games, with multiple hits in every game, and he has at least two hits in all but one game this season.
Sophomore Daniel Williams earned the win on the mount for Stevenson, working five innings and allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned) while fanning three. Sophomore James Wiercinski went the final four innings to earn the save, surrendering four hits and two runs while recording three strikeouts.
Stevenson returns to action Monday when it faces No. 3 SUNY-Cortland in a 12:30 game at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia.