Mustangs Defeat Gallaudet And Marymount (Va.) In Non-Conference Action

Mustangs Defeat Gallaudet And Marymount (Va.) In Non-Conference Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Stevenson University baseball team seemed unaffected by the 10 am start time on Friday morning as their bats erupted in a 14-3 non-conference victory over Gallaudet University in the first game of the Bison Baseball Classic at Hoy Field on the campus of Gallaudet University.  Then, in their second contest of the day, they rode a pair of home runs for junior Alex Kidwiler and seven strong frames from graduate student Joe Thompson en route to a 5-1 win over non-conference opponent Marymount University.

  • Gallaudet (2-1) starter Shea Sliva-Wynne set the visitors down in order to start the game.  In the bottom of the first, the Bison loaded the bases against the senior hurler James Wiercinski with a single and two walks, before he got Austin Sliva-Wynne swinging at strike three to allow no damage.
  • Stevenson (2-1) got on the scoreboard first in frame number two as a one-out double for Kidwiler and a free pass worked by sophomore Thomas Holcomb led to men at the corners with two gone bringing sophomore Sam Ferreira to the plate.  He would strike out swinging, however, the ball got past the catcher allowing him to reach and plating Kidwiler.  During that play, the backstop Matt Scuderi threw the ball away scoring Holcomb as well to make it 2-0.  A fly out by freshman Austin Taylor stopped the rally.  The home team answered in their half with a two-out RBI triple delivered by Billy Sowers drove home Josh Dugan who had reached on a walk to cut the margin to 2-1 through two.
  • The scoring continued in the third as the Mustangs went to work with two on and no outs for senior Jordan Moore who singled to left-center scoring sophomore Kevin Barrett.  The next man to hit was senior Zachary DeLong and he smacked an RBI single upping the lead to 4-1.  They were not done as Kidwiler knocked in Moore with a fielder's choice and Holcomb hit a sacrifice fly to center allowing DeLong to cross home for a 6-1 edge.  Gallaudet chipped into the deficit when they came to bat with an RBI groundout to short off the bat of Sliva-Wynne.
  • After a scoreless fourth, the guests were back on the attack in the fifth when with two away Kidwiler picked up his second double of the day.  Holcomb then stepped into the box and ripped one to right scoring the runner for a 7-2 lead.
  • The following frame each team got on the board.  Stevenson scored with a two-out RBI two-bagger from junior Brady Kessler which drove home Taylor who walked.  The Bison received a run-scoring groundout off the stick of Austin Altman plating Sliva-Wynne bringing it to 8-3 after six.
  • With one gone and a pair of men on in the seventh, senior Michael Rhodes sent a ball right down the left-field line plating DeLong.  The ensuing batter was Ferreira and he singled down the line as well knocking in Rhodes and Holcomb extending the advantage to 11-3.  In the bottom half of the frame, the hosts threatened against senior reliever Tayvon Smith loading the bags with three consecutive singles and two away.  However, Sliva-Wynne flew out to left stalling the rally.    
  • Stevenson added on in the ninth, as Taylor reached safely on an error scoring one and Moore singled to center plating Taylor and Barrett.  Sophomore Patrick Sullivan was brought in to get the final three outs which he did after giving up a leadoff single to Cameron Upton he recorded a strikeout and induced a pair of fly outs to end the game 14-3.
  • W: James Wiercinski (1-0), L: Shea Sliva-Wynne (1-1)
  • Wiercinski lasted five innings giving up two runs on four hits while totaling eight strikeouts.
  • Four different Mustangs relievers pitched a frame each combining for one run scattering six hits with two punch outs.
  • Moore, Holcomb, and Ferreira picked up two RBIs apiece.
  • Taylor and Barrett each drew a pair of walks.
  • Sliva-Wynne went six frames surrendering eight runs (five earned) with six hits, five walks, and two K's. 

  • Stevenson (3-1) retired in order by Saints starter Kenny Sysyn in the top of the first.  Then, in the Marymount (1-2) half back-to-back singles for Luke Tyree and Alex Lemery off of Thompson put two on with no one out for Connor Hall.  He advanced both men with a sacrifice bunt before Casey Baker scored Tyree with a ground out.  Will DiGiulian watched strike three go by to end the frame at just 1-0.
  • The Mustangs responded on the very next batter as Kidwiler knocked one over the left field fence to lead off the second knotting the score 1-1.  After Holcomb and Sullivan drew walks against Sysyn.  He got Taylor to strike out swinging to allow for no more damage.  Thompson settled in for Stevenson handing out a shutdown inning leaving the game tied at the end of two.
  • Junior Kevin Murray Jr. doubled and freshman Billy McAdam singled to start the third.  The next hitter was Moore who collected another RBI on the day with a sac fly to right scoring Murray.  McAdam would be forced out on a fielder's choice off the bat of DeLong who was then in turn caught trying to steal second.  The Saints had two on with two away in their part of the inning, but DiGiulian grounded out to Thompson to retire the side.
  • With Stevenson ahead, 2-1 moving into the fourth Kidwiler continued his strong game by jacking his second leadoff homer of the afternoon.  Later in the frame after Holcomb and Taylor each singled runners were on the corners for Murray.  Before the at-bat began Sysyn was removed on the mound and replaced by Ryan Scheufele who induced a roller back to the mound from Murray.  He flipped the ball home allowing DiGiulian to tag out Holcomb who broke for home on contact.  Through three-and-a-half, the Mustangs were out in front 3-1.   
  • In innings five through seven Stevenson only put two men in scoring position.  First, in the fifth, a two-out double for DeLong was followed by an intentional walk to Kidwiler.  Unfortunately, Holcomb bounced into a fielder's choice to stall the threat.  Then, moving on to the seventh, McAdam led off with a two-bagger to deep-right, but he would be caught trying to steal third.  The next two men were retired to end the frame.  During that same stretch, Marymount was set down in order two of the three frames.  Their only base-runner came on a walk in the home-half of the sixth.
  • Matthew Schneider came out of the bullpen to begin the eighth and handed out a leadoff walk to Kidwiler.  However, he recovered nicely getting strikeouts of Holcomb and freshman Will Mesa coupled with a groundout off the bat of sophomore Nate Perkins to bring the Saints to bat.  After seven strong frames for Thompson, he was replaced by junior Tyler Graham.  He got Tyree on a grounder to second followed by a fly out to center from Lemery for two quick outs.  Then, Hall and Baker both worked walks putting two on for pinch-hitter Michael Wade who hit into a fielder's choice which forced out Hall trying to advance to third.
  • The Mustangs looked to add-on in the ninth with hits from Taylor and Murray moving runners on the corners with no one out.  The next man up was McAdam who picked up an RBI with a single through the left side.  A wild pitch by Hall pushed both men into scoring position.  After Moore was set down on strikes the ensuing batter DeLong plated Murray with a fielder's choice.  Hall put up back-to-back strikeouts to make it last chance time for Marymount down 5-1.  Junior Zach Kaye took over for Graham in the last of the inning and after issuing a lead-off walk to Ryan Lee he put away the next three hitters to end the game 5-1.  
  • W: Joe Thompson (2-0), L: Kenny Sysyn (0-1)
  • Thompson went seven frames scattering four hits and one run striking out two.
  • Graham and Kaye each posted a hitless inning of relief.
  • Kidwiler went 2-3 with two home runs, two RBIs, and drew two walks.
  • McAdam added three hits with a double and an RBI.
  • Taylor and Murray came up with two knocks apiece combining for a pair of doubles and three runs scored.
  • Sysyn lasted 3.2 innings giving up three runs on six hits and walked two.
  • Baker was 1-2 with two walks and an RBI.
  • Tyree chipped in a hit and scored the lone run.

  • Stevenson has now run their winning streak to three in a row.
  • The two home runs for Kidwiler in the Marymount game gives him three for the season.
  • Eight Mustangs recorded an RBI on the day.
  • Extra-base hits were huge for Stevenson as they totaled 11 on the afternoon with nine doubles and two homers.
  • The stolen bases for Barrett, Kidwiler, Thompson, and freshman Liam Elliffe were all their first of the year.

  • Stevenson will take a day off on Saturday before returning to the field on Sunday, February 24 when the face-off with Washington College (Md.) on day three of the Bison Baseball Classic at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.  Another early start for the Mustangs as first pitch against the Shoremen is set for 10am.