STEVENSON, Md. – Junior Jake Hall belted a three-run home run in the fourth inning that pulled the Stevenson University baseball team within a run, but visiting Arcadia University scored nine straight runs en route to a 16-7 MAC Commonwealth baseball victory at Sugar Field on Friday afternoon.
Arcadia (10-3, 1-0 MAC Commonwealth) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, then after Stevenson (6-10, 1-3 MAC Commonwealth) scored two runs in the bottom of the first, the Knights recorded two runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 7-2 lead.
Junior Michael Rhodes dropped a double down the left field line to open up the bottom of the fourth, followed by a walk by sophomore Matthew Kerber. After a strikeout and a groundout that moved the pair into scoring position, the inning was kept alive when sophomore Connor Wasilnak reached on an Arcadia fielding error, allowing Rhodes to score. The Mustangs had runners at the corners when Hall homered to left to make it a 7-6 game.
Arcadia took a 11-6 lead in the sixth when Nick Cardace belted a grand slam. The Knights tacked on two more runs in the seventh and three in the ninth before the Mustangs closed out the scoring in the bottom of the ninth as pinch runner Michael Keller scored on an error following an Arcadia wild pitch.
After the guests took a 3-0 lead in the first on a three-run double by Phil Pierfy, Stevenson got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the frame. Hall walked, then junior John D'Aquanno was hit by a pitch. A single to center by senior Kevin Kopas scored Hall, while D'Aquanno scored on a sac fly to left by Rhodes. With runners at first and second and one out, Arcadia avoided further damage by inducing back-to-back infield popups.
Kopas finished with three hits and Rhodes two as the Mustangs were outhit 16-9. Leadoff man Bryan Gillen went 5-5 for Arcadia with five runs scored and a pair of RBI.
After Stevenson knocked Arcadia starter Jake Lloyd (3.2 IP, 4 hits, 6 runs, 6 strikeouts,, 4 walks) in the fourth, Joseph Warren went the rest of the way, allowing five hits and one unearned run while fanning nine in improving to 3-0. Mustang starter Daniel Williams suffered his first defeat of the season, working into the sixth and allowing 10 hits and a pair of home runs while striking out four and walking three.
Stevenson and Arcadia close out their season series with a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader Saturday at Arcadia. First pitch is slated for noon.
Head coach Jason Tawney talks about this afternoon's loss to Arcadia.