Wild Top Of The Eight Sinks Mustangs Against Immaculata

Wild Top Of The Eight Sinks Mustangs Against Immaculata

STEVENSON, Md. - The Stevenson University baseball team had a 3-1 lead going into the eighth inning, but a bases-clearing single by Ty Esenwein which was aided by two Mustangs errors to spark a six-run rally for the visiting Immaculata University Mighty Macs as they were able to hold on for an 8-4 non-conference win on Thursday afternoon in the home opener at Sugar Field.

  • Immaculata (1-1) got on the board in the top-half against senior starter James Wiercinski when Joey Sacco earned a leadoff walk and went to second on a wild pitch.  
  • The next batter Tyler Kmiec also drew a free pass putting men on first and second with no outs.
  • With one out and two in scoring position, Ty Esenwein was retired on a groundout but was enough to drive home Sacco for the early 1-0 lead.
  • Stevenson (3-2) was set down in order by Mighty Macs starter Timmy Newell.

  • Wiercinski posted a shutdown frame in the second striking out the Mighty Macs in order to keep it 1-0.
  • The Mustangs struck in their half against Newell as senior Zachary DeLong singled and junior Alex Kidwiler doubled moving runners to second and third with no outs.
  • Freshman outfielder Thomas Holcomb came up and delivered an RBI two-bagger to right scoring DeLong.
  • After junior Brady Kessler flied out to center freshman Billy McAdam picked up an RBI groundout plating Kidwiler for the 2-1 edge through two.

  • Another strong frame by Wiercinski was put up in the third inducing two fly outs and a grounder by the visiting hitters.
  • Junior Kevin Murray Jr. and senior Matthew Kerber each singled to open the home half of the inning.  
  • The bases filled with Stevenson runners when senior Jordan Moore reached on an error on a groundball back to the pitcher.
  • DeLong extended the home lead to 3-1 with a sacrifice fly allowing for Murray to race home.
  • Kerber would be forced out going to third when Kidwiler reached on a fielder's choice and Holcomb grounded out to first to end the rally.

  • Immaculata looked to cut into the lead in the fourth as Delisle singled to lead off and Connor Blesi picked up a knock with one down to put men on the corners.  
  • Blesi, however, would be picked off of first base by Wiercinski and Kyle Hannon struck out to allow for no damage.
  • Stevenson was set down in order in their half.

  • The Mighty Macs went to work in the eight still trailing 3-1, Kmiec began things with a walk, Richard Fontanillas singled, and Delisle was hit by junior home reliever Zach Kaye to load the bases.
  • That brought Esenwein to the dish and he came up with an RBI single to left, unfortunately for Stevenson, the left fielder overran the ball slightly allowing the second man to score and then the throw got away from him allowing the third runner to come home giving the guests a 4-3 lead.
  • With two on and one out, Chris Szekeres was able to reach on an error by the right fielder who had the ball bounce off his glove plating one to make it 5-3.
  • One more runner would cross home on a one-out sacrifice bunt by Zach Van Meter extending the edge to 6-3 through seven-and-a-half.
  • The Mustangs were unable to answer that frame as they were set down in order by reliever Chris Huyette.

  • Immaculata added two more first, with a two-out RBI single to right-center by Tom Prato and then Peter Zielinski who was hit by freshman reliever Matt Reich scored on a throwing error by the catcher.
  • The Mustangs tried to rally with their last at-bat as Murray and Kerber both reached with two away.  
  • Moore drove home Murray with a base hit to right.
  • After DeLong was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Kidwiler who represented the potential tying run hit into a game-ending fielder's choice forcing out the runner at third for the final score of 8-4.

  • W: Chris Huyette (1-0), L: Zach Kaye (0-1)
  • Wiercinski went seven strong innings scattering four hits allowing two runs and fanning 13.
  • The Mustangs relief core of juniors Matt Reich and Kaye along with Reich went two frames surrendering six runs (two earned) on three hits.
  • Kidwiler ran his hitting streak to four games with his 1-4 afternoon picking up a double and drawing a walk.
  • Murray led the Mustangs with three hits and two runs scored.
  • DeLong was 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • Moore and Holcomb each had a hit.
  • For Immaculata, Delisle went 2-3 with two runs scored and a walk.
  • Four other Mighty Macs added hits which included Esenwein who was 1-4 with four RBIs.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, March 2nd when they host the Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts at Sugar Field for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 1pm.