Strong Pitching Leads To Doubleheader Sweep Over Hood

Strong Pitching Leads To Doubleheader Sweep Over Hood

STEVENSON, Md. - The Stevenson baseball team got a one-hit complete game shutout by senior starting pitcher James Wiercinski and a strong outing in relief on the mound from freshman Malcolm Edelin in game two as the Mustangs swept a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader against the visiting Hood College Blazers by scores of 1-0 and 3-2 (F/8) on Saturday afternoon at Sugar Field.

  • Neither team recorded a base-runner in the first frame.
  • Hood (8-4, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) was set down in order by Wiercinski on three strikeouts in the second. 
  • Stevenson (7-4, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) in their half had men on the corners with one down when senior Jordan Moore reached on a fielder's choice, unfortunately, junior Alex Kidwiler who was on third got tagged out in a rundown trying to come home and the game stayed scoreless through two.
  • The Blazers got their first man on when Jordan Patterson drew a lead-off walk to open inning three.  He would get to third thanks to a sacrifice bunt and a fly out to right but was stranded there when Andrew Wenner flew out to sophomore Nate Perkins in right.  Junior Brady Kessler provided a two-out single to left for the Mustangs however he did not score.
  • Both teams went one-two-three in the fourth.
  • Wiercinski remained on cruise control through six continuing to hold the guests hitless, but the game was still knotted at 0-0.
  • Then, in the home half of the sixth, the hosts got their breakthrough as with one down senior Matthew Kerber laid down a bunt single to the left side of the infield.  He would get to second on a wild pitch. 
  • With two away and the go-ahead run on in scoring position, Kidwiler sliced a single into right field that drove home Kerber for the 1-0 lead.  Moore would fly out to end the rally two batters later.
  • Hood ended the no-hit bid for Wiercinski with a leadoff single off the bat of Nathan Kessler.  After a strikeout and a fly out he moved-up 90-feet on a wild pitch but was stranded there as Nick Meyer whiffed on a third strike to end the game.
  • W: James Wiercinski (2-0), L: Nate Luscombe (1-1)
  • Wiercinski went all seven giving up just one hit and fanned 12.
  • Kidwiler went 1-3 with the lone home RBI.
  • Senior Zachary DeLongKerber, Kessler, and Moore each picked up a hit in the contest.
  • Hood got six solid frames from Luscombe who surrendered five hits and one run with five K's.
  • Kessler had the only knock for the visitors.

  • Stevenson (8-4, 2-1 MAC Commonwealth) gave the ball to junior Tyler Graham to open up game two and he was greeted quite rudely by Kessler who hit a humpback liner off of Graham and bounded into center field.  Wenner followed with one-out with a single to left putting men on first and second with two down for Patterson.  He flew out to junior Kevin Murray Jr. in center to stall the threat.
  • Hood (8-5, 1-2 MAC Commonwealth) starter Connor Henniges allowed a two-out knock to Kerber in the first and went on to steal second base, but sophomore Thomas Holcomb grounded out to first to retire the side.
  • Freshman Sam Downs took over on the bump for Graham to start the second and ran into some trouble letting up a pair of singles, but got a grounder back to himself off the stick of Trent Copenhaver to keep it scoreless.
  • In the bottom of the third, the Mustangs used small ball to get the first run of the game.  Sophomore Nate Perkins put down a bunt, freshman Billy McAdam reached on an error by the pitcher, and Murray moved both men with a sacrifice bunt.
  • That brought Kessler to the dish and he hit a grounder out to shortstop he bobbled the ball recovered and threw out the batter, however, thanks to the bobble Perkins raced home from third for the 1-0 lead through three.  
  • In the ensuing frame, the Blazers answered back as three straight singles by Patterson, Dylan Beck, and Daniel Shepherd led to the bases being full and junior Brady Helsinki to come in out of the pen to face James DeProspero.  He came up with a sacrifice fly to score Patterson.
  • The Blazers appeared to be on their way to grabbing their first lead of the day when with two outs Patterson singled to right, Derek Wyld who had reached on an error by the first baseman was gunned out at the plate by a strong throw from Perkins in right.
  • Stevenson continued to be able to come up with the clutch two-out hit as McAdam and Murray notched back-to-back singles in the fifth bringing Kessler to the plate.  During his at-bat Murray who was attempting to steal second base caused a low throw from the catcher allowing McAdam to come home for the 2-1 edge.
  • Once again the visitors responded in the next frame with a runner in scoring position with two gone Copenhaver knocked a single to left plating Beck to knot the score 2-2.  After Kessler was intentionally walked Edelin was summoned from the pen to get the final out which he did inducing a groundout from Wyld.
  • The Mustangs loaded the bases with one out to play in the home sixth, but junior pinch-hitter Mark Terrell was unable to deliver against reliever Jake Howell.
  • The game would need extra innings and after a clean frame for Edelin in the visiting eighth. 
  • Stevenson got a walk for Holcomb who was pinch-run for by senior Michael Rhodes He went to second on a wild pitch, before Kidwiler drove him home with a base hit to right center for the 3-2 final. 
  • W: Malcolm Edelin (1-0), L: Jake Howell (0-1)
  • Downs, Helsinki, and Edelin each went 2.1 innings combining for two runs and three strikeouts on eight hits.
  • Kidwiler and Kerber both had two hits with Kidwiler notching an RBI.
  • Howell lasted 1.2 giving up the game-winning run on two hits and a K.

  • Ten different Mustangs recorded hits on the afternoon.
  • For Edelin, it was his collegiate debut and his first win as a Mustang.
  • Kerber had three hits and scored a run between the two contests.
  • Graham through five appearances (including two starts) has a 0.00 ERA.
  • Wiercinski is approaching 50 strikeouts on the season with his 12 today giving him 48 on the season.

  • The Mustangs will be heading to Florida for Spring Break and will have their first game on Tuesday, March 19 when they face Bard College in non-conference play at 10am