Hood Holds Off Mustangs Ninth Inning Comeback In Conference Opener

Hood Holds Off Mustangs Ninth Inning Comeback In Conference Opener

FREDERICK, Md. - The Stevenson baseball was no-hit through 5.1 and trailing 5-0 before, mustering a four-run ninth led by junior Alex Kidwiler who notched his fourth home run of the season with a three-run shot.  However, it would not be enough as the Mustangs fell in the MAC Commonwealth opener to the host Hood College by a 5-4 score on Friday afternoon at the Frederick Community College baseball field.

  • Stevenson (6-4, 0-1 MAC Commonwealth) was set down in order on two strikeouts and grounder against Blazers starter Brad Sawyer.
  • Hood (8-3, 1-0 MAC Commonwealth) struck in the opening frame with two outs Nathan Kessler tripled off of graduate student Joe Thompson.
  • The next hitter was Joe Kroeger who came up with an RBI single for the 1-0 lead after one.

  • The Blazers looked to add-on with one down and a man at second, but Derek Wyld flew out to center for out two.  After the catch, Trent Copenhaver was thrown out trying to advance to third to end the inning.

  • With the Mustangs still in search of their first baserunner of the afternoon, they finally got it when junior Brady Kessler worked a walk and classmate Kevin Murray Jr. was hit by a pitch putting two on and two out.
  • Senior Matthew Kerber then stepped up to bat but flew out to right to stall the threat.
  • Kessler had a chance to extend the hosts lead with two away and a runner in scoring position, however after his single to center a strong throw home from Murray nailed the runner to keep it just 1-0.

  • Two pop outs and a grounder to second retired the guests in order in the fourth.
  • The Blazers would add-on in their half as Kroeger singled and Jordan Patterson doubled to begin the frame.
  • Then, with one gone and both men in scoring position, a wild pitch from Thompson let Kroeger in.  
  • After a ground out by Brady Ward, Wyld plated one with an infield single and Dylan Beck cleared the bags with a two-run homer to put the home side ahead 5-0 through four.

  • Murray finally broke up the Sawyer no-hitter in the fifth with a one-out knock to center, unfortunately, he would get no further as he was caught trying to steal second.  That was followed up by Kerber flying out to right. 
  • Hood had first and second with one, but Wyld flew out to center and Ward was forced out on a fielder's choice allowing no damage off junior reliever Zach Kaye.

  • The Mustangs continued their search for the offense as sophomore Thomas Holcomb was hit by Sawyer and senior Zachary DeLong along with junior Mark Terrell worked free passes to load the bags with just one out.
  • However, fellow junior Alex Kidwiler and freshman Billy McAdam both flew out to end the threat.  
  • Junior Jake Vanko shut down the Blazers in order to keep it 5-0.

  • Stevenson went to work with their last chance trying to get back into the game which is exactly what they did against relief pitcher Jake Howell.
  • DeLong began things by reaching on an error by the left-fielder before Terrell notched a single putting men on the corners with no outs.
  • The next batter was Kidwiler who launched a three-run homer over the left field fence, trimming the score to 5-3.
  • McAdam walked and Kessler singled to send runners to first and second for Murray.
  • He would lay down a sacrifice bunt moving both men into scoring position with one down.
  • Kerber followed up with a sac fly to right plating McAdam, but senior Jordan Moore struck out to end the game at 5-4.

  • W: Brad Sawyer (1-0), L: Joe Thompson (2-2)
  • Thompson took the loss going five giving up ten hits and five runs while fanning two.
  • Kaye and Vanko combined for three scoreless innings out of the pen allowing just two hits and two strikeouts.
  • Kidwiler picked up home run number four on the season going 1-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.
  • Murray, Kerber, Terrell, and Kessler each recorded a hit.
  • Sawyer went 7.2 surrendering two hits and six K's.  
  • Patterson led the way going 3-4 with a run scored.
  • Beck was 2-3 with two RBIs.

  • Stevenson will look to rebound tomorrow Saturday, March 16 when they wrap up the three-game conference weekend series against Hood College with a doubleheader at Sugar Field beginning at 12pm.