Mustangs Unable To Complete Rally Past No. 2 Rowan

Mustangs Unable To Complete Rally Past No. 2 Rowan

STEVENSON, Md. - The Stevenson baseball team fell behind early and had the tying and potential winning runs on base in the bottom of the ninth but was not able to come up with the needed hit as the second-rank Rowan University Profs held on for a 3-2 non-conference win on Monday afternoon at Sugar Field. 

  • Rowan (2-0) got on the board first against graduate student starter Joe Thompson as with one out Dillion Mendel picked up the game's opening hit with a knock to left.
  • After Matt Woods earned a walk Anthony Harrold popped up to senior first baseman Zachary DeLong in foul territory, however as he made the catch he fell out of play retiring the batter but granting the two runners an extra 90-feet putting both men in scoring position.
  • The next hitter was Mitch Walker who delivered a bases-clearing double to right-center for a 2-0 lead.
  • Stevenson (6-3) had a chance in the bottom half as junior Kevin Murray led off by working a walk out of visiting starter Danny Serreino.
  • He went to second on a wild pitch and then was awarded third on a balk, but Serreino retired the next three men to finish the shutdown frame.

  • The Profs added another one after Steven Hewa doubled and Victor Cruz singled leaving runners at the corners and turned the lineup over for Dan Shane.
  • He laid down a bunt on the right side of the infield scoring Hewa to go ahead 3-0.  
  • Thompson allowed for no more damage by getting Mendel to ground into an inning-ending double play.
  • Senior Jordan Moore singled with one down but went no further as Serreino got a strikeout and pop-out.  

  • A single and a pair of free passes loaded the bases for the Mustangs with two gone, but senior pinch-hitter Matthew Kerber grounded to short keeping the score at 3-0.

  • Senior James Wiercinski in his third frame of relief ran into some two-out trouble with two on and two gone but got Walker to pop up to stall the threat.
  • Drew Ryback took over on the mound in the home-half and immediately issued a walk to freshman Austin Taylor, however, Murray hit into a double-play.   
  • Juniors Brady Kessler and Alex Kidwiler posted back-to-back base hits giving DeLong an RBI opportunity, unfortunately, he hit into a fielder's choice that saw Kidwiler get forced out going to second to end the inning. 

  • Junior Tyler Graham faced a tough situation as Cruz and Shane singled to begin the frame.
  • The next man to hit was Mendel who attempted to move both men with a bunt, however, he popped it up right back towards Graham who made a diving catch off the mound for the first out.
  • Woods would reach on a fielder's choice that saw Cruz get forced out heading to third.  
  • Harrold grounded out to first to end the threat.
  • For the first time all afternoon Stevenson was held without a base-runner in the bottom of the seventh as Ryback induced a pair of grounders and fanned one.

  • A one-two-three inning hurled by junior Brady Helsinki kept the margin at 3-0.
  • Kidwiler singled, DeLong reached on an error and Moore was hit by a pitch to fill the bags with one down for freshman Billy McAdam.
  • He would pick up an RBI the hard way as Ryback hit his second batter on the frame to force home Kidwiler to break the shutout 3-1.

  • Rowan put a man at third with two out, but Helsinki got Mendel to ground out to Kidwiler at third.
  • Last chance time came for the home side against Profs reliever Andrew Cartier.
  • Murray started the inning with a single before Kessler fouled out and Kidwiler struck out put the Mustangs down to their final out.
  • The runner would get all the way to third thanks to a failed pick-off by the pitcher and a passed ball allowed by the catcher.
  • Sophomore Sam Ferreira represented the tying run at the dish but did not have a chance to come up with the big hit as Cartier smacked him with a pitch.
  • With two on sophomore Thomas Holcomb came up as the potential winning run and was able to chip into the deficit with a single to center scoring Murray to cut it to 3-2.
  • Freshman Will Mesa finished the afternoon with a strikeout for the 3-2 final.

  • W: Drew Ryback (1-0), L: Joe Thompson (2-1), S: Andrew Cartier (1)
  • The Mustangs are 2-1 when not committing a fielding error.
  • Thompson went two innings giving up three runs on five hits and fanned one.
  • The bullpen trio of Wiercinski, Graham, and Helsinki combined for seven strong frames of relief surrendering three hits, striking out six, and allowing no runs.
  • Kessler, Kidwiler, and Holcomb each went 2-5, with Kidwiler also scoring a run.
  • Murray and Moore each chipped in a base knock.
  • Serreino and Ryback each lasted four combining for six hits, one run, and eight strikeouts.
  • Shane and Cruz had two hits apiece for the Profs.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Friday, March 15 when they begin MAC Commonwealth play with a visit to Hood College for a 3pm first pitch in Frederick, Maryland.
  • The Mustangs and Blazers will then conclude their three-game series with a double-header at Sugar Field on Saturday, March 16 beginning at 12pm.