GRANTHAM, Pa. – Messiah College took both ends of a MAC Commonweath baseball doubleheader from Stevenson University Saturday afternoon at Starry Field. The Falcons scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to post a 2-0 win in the opener, then completed the sweep and the series sweep with a 13-6 win in the nightcap.
In the opener, Messiah (16-21, 8-13 MAC Commonwealth) scored both of its runs with two outs. After the first two Falcon batters were retired, Adam Janney singled and scored as Hunter Brindle doubled down the right field line. Brindle scored when Kyle Wickenheiser scored on an error.
In the top of the sixth, Stevenson (17-22, 8-12 MAC Commonwealth) got the first two runners aboard as senior Kevin Kopas singled, followed by junior Billy Small working a walk. After a pop out on a sac bunt attempt, freshman Alex Kidwiler singled to center, but both Kopas and Small were erased on the basepaths in an eventual 8-4-2-5 double play.
Juniors Jake Dimon and John D'Aquanno each had two hits in game one as the Mustangs outhit the Falcons 7-5. Freshman Zach Kaye was the hard-luck loser for Stevenson, scattering five hits and striking out four with one walk in six innings.
Messiah held a 5-4 lead through three innings in the nightcap and busted the game open with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Falcons banged out seven hits, including a pair of home runs, and took advantage of a pair of Stevenson errors.
After Messiah took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Mustangs got a run back in the top of the second. Kidwiler singled to shortstop, then scored on a Michael Rhodes double to the gap in right center.
The Falcons took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second before Stevenson pushed across three runs in the third to take a 4-3 lead. All three runs scored with two outs. Back-to-back doubles by Kopas and Small made it 3-2, then a single by freshman Mark Terrell plated Small. Terrell stole second, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored when Kidwiler scored on an error. Messiah responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-4 lead.
Stevenson's other two runs came in the fifth. D'Aquanno was hit by a pitch with one out and eventually scored on a wild pitch, while Small, who reached on a fielders' choice, scored when Terrell reached on an error.
Messiah outhit Stevenson 15-7, with seven different Mustangs recording a hit. Kopas was 4-4 in plate appearances as he walked three times. Junior Michael Remeikis, the first of four Mustang pitchers, allowed six hits and five runs in three innings.
Stevenson closes out the season Tuesday with a 4:30 game at Frostburg State.