READING, Pa. – Stevenson University and Alvernia University halved a MAC Commonwealth baseball doubleheader at Angelica Park Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs took an 8-4 win in the opener before the Golden Wolves won 7-6 in eight innings in the nightcap.
Stevenson (16-18, 7-11 MAC Commonwealth) enters the final weekend of conference play next weekend sitting two games behind Widener, which currently occupies the fourth and final MAC Commonwealth Championship spot. The Mustangs kick off a three-game series with Arcadia, currently the No. 2 team, next Friday.
In the opener, the Mustangs staked themselves to a 6-2 lead after three innings. In the first, senior Billy Small delivered a two-run triple that scored junior Matthew Kerber and sophomore Kevin Murray Jr. After the Golden Wolves (25-10, 14-4 MAC Commonwealth) got a run back in the bottom half, junior Connor Wasilnak scored on a wild pitch in the second after he reached on a one-out single.
Stevenson opened the third with three straight extra-base hits. Murray tripled to right, followed by another triple by senior John D'Aquanno. A double by Small brought home D'Aquanno, then after a groundout, Jordan Moore singled to plate Small. Alvernia got another run back in the bottom of the third to pull within 6-2.
With two on and two out in the seventh, Stevenson took advantage of an Alvernia error to make it 8-2. Murray doubled to lead off, and sophomore Mark Terrell worked a walk with two outs. Both scored when Moore reached on a throwing error. Alvernia did score twice in the bottom of the seventh but got no closer.
Murray and Small each finished with two hits as the Mustangs outhit the Golden Wolves 8-5. Freshman Ryan Smith went the first 2.1 innings and allowed one hit and two runs before junior James Wiercinski, making his second relief appearance in two days, went the final 4.2 innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) and fanning six while walking one.
In game two, Stevenson scored four times in the top half of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead before Alvernia scored twice in the bottom of the frame to tie things 6-6. The Golden Wolves walked off in the bottom of the eighth as Marcus Celiano singled to score Hunter Hart.
In the sixth, senior Jake Dimon led off with a double and was lifted for pinch runner Nate Perkins. Perkins scored on a single by Alex Kidwiler, who later scored when Murray reached on a fielders choice. Two more runs came in on a D'Aquanno single, the second coming via error.
Murray scored the game's first run in the first on a double steal when he came home after throwing error by the Alvernia catcher. Stevenson made it 2-0 in the third as D'Aquanno scored on an error after Terrell reached on a fielders choice.
The Golden Wolves scored three times in the fourth to take the lead, then tacked on a run in the fifth to go up by two.
Stevenson outhit Alvernia 10-8 in the nightcap, with senior Michael Kelly recording three hits and D'Aquanno adding a pair to extend his hit streak to 11 games.
Stevenson hosts McDaniel in a 3:30 non-conference game at Sugar Field Monday afternoon.