FROSTBURG, Md. – Stevenson University pounded out 22 hits and scored in all but one inning as it closed out the season with a 21-14 win at Frostburg State in non-conference baseball Tuesday at Bob Wells Field.
Stevenson (18-22) scored in every inning but the sixth. After posting single runs in each of the first three innings the Mustangs scored four times in the fourth, then after the Bobcats (17-18) scored three to pull within 7-6, the guests crossed home plate seven times in the fifth.
Frostburg State climbed back in the game with a six-spot in the bottom of the sixth to pull within 14-12, but Stevenson scored two times in the seventh, once in the eighth and four times in the ninth to put the game away.
Junior Billy Small went 5-6 with a home run and three runs batted in. Senior Kevin Kopas knocked in six runs and went 4-6 with two doubles, while classmate Jake Hall needed just a home run for the cycle as he went 3-6 with two runs driven in. Freshman Mark Terrell also finished with three hits, while junior Michael Rhodes added two hits.
In the fourth, senior Kyle Weidemeyer walked with two outs, then a Hall single through the left side scored Wiedemeyer after he moved up on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Kopas singled to the gap in right center to clear the bases and make it 7-3.
Stevenson took advantage of two Bobcat errors in the fifth while also collecting five hits and working a walk. Weidemeyer worked a bases-loaded walk for the first run, while two runs came in on a John D'Aquanno single. Small also homered in the frame, a solo shot down the right field line.
Frostburg clawed back in the game as it scored six times in six hits in the sixth while taking advantage of five Mustang errors. Stevenson responded in the seventh with two runs, one on a Kopas double that brought in Hall, while a Small single plated D'Aquanno.
Stevenson used five pitchers in the game, with starter Austin Reitz going 2.1 innings and allowing three runs on two hits. Senior Matt Phillips went two innings in relief of Reitz to earn the victory. Sophomore James Wiercinski went the final 3.2 innings and surrendered two hits and two runs while striking out five to earn the save.