Big Innings Lead To Split In DH With Albright

Big Innings Lead To Split In DH With Albright

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Despite being in Florida the Stevenson baseball team continued MAC Commonwealth play with a doubleheader against the Albright College Lions on Friday morning at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. In game one three different players recorded RBIs in the 4-0 Mustangs win, and then in the afternoon cap, the Stevenson offense erupted to take a 6-0 lead, unfortunately, a seven-run sixth allowed the Lions to storm back and earn the split 9-7.

  • Starting pitchers Will Tokarski and senior James Wiercinski set down the first six batters each on faced in order and the game remained scoreless through two.
  • Stevenson (9-5, 3-1 MAC Commonwealth) got on the board in the top of the third as they so-often do using a two-out rally.
  • Freshman Austin Taylor and junior Kevin Murray Jr. reached on back-to-back singles, before fellow junior Brady Kessler roped a double down the left field line plating Taylor.
  • The next man up was senior Matthew Kerber who knocked home both Kessler and Kerber with a hit to deep center.  Classmate Jordan Moore hit a hard line drive at third that was caught to end the rally at 3-0.
  • Albright (3-9, 0-3 MAC Commonwealth) appeared to get something going with two down in the fourth as Jeff Yordy reached on an error and Logan Adams was safe on a fielder's choice, but Jeremy Brubaker hit into another fielder's choice that saw Adams forced out at second to keep it 3-0.   
  • Wiercinski who had kept the Lions hitless through four finally gave one up when Jack Shevlin looped one into right. 
  • Jimmie Gentry followed with a hit and Logan Pennypacker walked to load the bases for Joe Suppa.  He grounded out to the pitcher to retire the side.
  • Mustangs junior reliever Jake Vanko ran into some trouble in inning number six but was able to pitch out of it getting Brandon Daubert to strikeout with two on to stall the threat.
  • Stevenson added one in the final frame as junior Mark Terrell led things off with a two-bagger to left-center.  Then three batters later Murray drove home the run with a single to center.
  • Vanko gave up a single in the bottom-half, but got Suppa to bounce into a game-ending fielder's choice for the 4-0 final.
  • W: James Wiercinski (3-0), L: Will Tokarski (1-2), S: Jake Vanko (1)
  • Wiercinski earned the win going five frames issuing two hits and fanning four.
  • Vanko got the save in two innings on two hits and three K's.
  • Murray went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • Five other Mustangs recorded a hit.
  • Tokarski went the distance in the loss giving up seven hits, four runs and struck out four.
  • Four Lions posted a hit.

  • Albright (4-9, 1-3 MAC Commonwealth) had a runner in scoring position and one out in the home first versus graduate starter Joe Thompson, but Yordy went down on strikes and Adams flew out to left to keep it 0-0.
  • Stevenson (9-6, 3-2 MAC Commonwealth) had things looking up in the second as Terrell was hit by pitcher Nick Dinnocenti and senior Zachary DeLong worked a walk.  However, freshman Billy McAdam popped up to retire the side.
  • Thompson was able to work himself out of a tight spot when Adams flew out to left with men at second and third to end frame three.
  • The Mustangs came to life offensively in the fourth scoring six times when McAdam was hit with the bags full scoring Terrell.  Sophomore Nate Perkins legged out a fielder's choice to bust a double-play up which plated DeLong.  Still, with the bases loaded against a new pitcher, Kyle Smith, Kessler was safe on an error driving home one which was followed by Kerber delivering a three-run single to left making it 6-0.
  • A walk to Gentry and single for Pennypacker in the ensuing frame aided by a wild pitch had runners at second and third for Suppa who came up with an RBI groundout to put the Lions on the board for the first time on the day.
  • He was followed by Yordy and he made it 6-2 with a single to center.
  • Stevenson had the bags full with two gone for Kessler in the sixth looking for insurance, but he popped up on the infield allowing for no damage to be done.
  • Then, in the home-half of the inning, Chris Thomas began things with a double to right-center which signaled the end of the day for Thompson who was replaced on the mound by sophomore Patrick Sullivan.  
  • He got a quick out on a grounder, but then allowed a base hit to Austin Roth trimming the margin to 6-3.
  • After Gentry singled, Pennypacker reached on an infield single to third, however, during the attempt to get the batter at first the throw sailed on the third baseman allowing one to score.  Suppa came up with an RBI groundout and Pennypacker scored on a throwing error by the catcher during the Yordy at-bat to knot the score 6-6.
  • The Lions capped their seven-run inning off of freshman Malcolm Edelin with Alex Stump sending one to left to plate one and Josh Jacavage coming off the bench with a two-run single making it 9-6.
  • Stevenson pulled one back with their last chance as Moore doubled to deep right-center cutting it down to the 9-7 final.
  • W: Kyle Smith (1-0), L: Patrick Sullivan (0-1), S: Logan Adams (2)
  • Thompson took the no-decision lasting five surrendering eight hits and five runs with two K's.
  • Sullivan earned the loss with 0.2 pitched but giving up four hits and four runs (one earned).
  • Six different Mustangs recorded a hit, with Terrell and Moore each picking up a double.
  • Kessler, Kerber, Moore, McAdam, and Perkins each chipped in an RBI.
  • Smith got the win with 2.1 innings of one-run relief.
  • Pennypacker, Yordy, and Meringo each were 3-4 at the dish.

  • Eight individual Mustangs recorded a hit on the day.
  • Murray, Kerber, Moore and Terrell posted at least one in both games.
  • Wiercinski is halfway to 100 strikeouts on the campaign as he already has 52.

  • The Mustangs and Albright wrap-up their MAC Commonwealth series tomorrow, Saturday, March 23 when the two sides play the nine-inning game at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Florida with first pitch slated for 10 am.