Baseball Opens Conference Play With Split With Widener

Baseball Opens Conference Play With Split With Widener

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Behind a complete-game from sophomore Dan Williams, the Stevenson University baseball team split a MAC Commonwealth baseball doubleheader with Widener University at Hoy Field on Sunday afternoon.  The Mustangs posted a 3-2 win in the opener, before the Pride came back to post an 11-0 win in the nightcap.

In the opener, Widener (7-5, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) staked itself to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth, before Stevenson (6-7, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) scored two times in the bottom of the fifth, then pushed home the eventual winning run in the bottom of the sixth.

The Mustangs benefitted from a pair of Widener errors in the sixth.  Sophomore Matthew Kerber led off by reaching on an error when a ball he hit glanced off the Widener third baseman's glove.  Senior Kevin Kopas walked, then following a strikeout and a fly ball to left field, freshman Brady Kessler reached when a throw on his ground ball to short got past the first baseman, allowing Kerber to score.  The Pride induced a groundout to escape further damage.

In the fifth, junior Michael Rhodes led off with a double to the gap in left center, just Stevenson's third hit of the game.  After a strikeout, junior Jake Dimon walked, followed by a double dropped in down the left field line by sophomore Connor Wasilnak, allowing Rhodes to score and moving Dimon to third. Junior Jake Hall lifted a fly ball to center for the second out, but it wasn't deep enough to score Dimon.  Junior John D'Aquanno singled to left to score Dimon, but Wasilnak was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second.

Widener took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as it banged out four hits.  Up to that point, Williams had allowed just a dribbler to the left of first base as the only hit through the first three innings.

Williams improved to 2-0 on the season, scattering six hits and allowing two runs and striking out two without issuing a walk.  Widener starter Josh Lafferty went five innings and allowed five hits and two runs while striking out three and walking two.  Joey Zettlemoyer took the loss despite not allowing a hit in his inning of work.

D'Aquanno was 3-3 in the opener, while Rhodes and Wasilnak had the other Mustang hits.

In the nightcap, the Pride pounded out 16 hits, blowing open what had been a 4-0 game with seven runs in the sixth.  Widener had seven hits in the frame and also took advantage of four walks as Stevenson used three pitchers in the inning.  The Mustangs mustered just four hits in game two, with Kessler going 2-3.  Wasilnak and freshman Alex Kidwiler had the other hits for Stevenson.

Sophomore James Wiercinski took the loss on the mound, going the first 4.2 innings and allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out four and walking two.  Donovan Davis moved to 3-0 for Widener, striking out four and allowing three hits in six innings of work.

Stevenson and Widener are scheduled to wrap up their three-game series Monday at Maplezone Sports Institute in Aston, Pa., with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 pm.