Mustangs Hang Tough, But Fall To No. 15 Salisbury Late

Mustangs Hang Tough, But Fall To No. 15 Salisbury Late

STEVENSON, Md. - The Stevenson baseball team gave a good fight even holding a lead halfway through the game at 8-6, thanks to a two-run homer off the bat of senior catcher Jordan Moore for his first of the season.  However, the visiting No. 15 Salisbury University used a three-run top of the ninth to complete the comeback against the Mustangs by an 11-8 final in an in-state clash on Tuesday afternoon at Sugar Field.

  • Salisbury (18-4-1) wasted little time putting the pressure on junior starter Zach Kaye as leadoff hitter Cameron Hyder singled to right and was able to take second on an errant throw from the outfielder.
  • After stealing third he scored on a groundout by Justin Meekins for the 1-0 lead.  Kaye got the next two out to allow nothing else.
  • Stevenson (12-11) got a single from senior Matthew Kerber, but he was picked off and Sea Gulls pitcher Noah Brack retired the ensuing pair of hitters to keep it 1-0.

  • The visitors added on in the top of the frame as base hits for Brad Haas and Will Gutekunst aided by a home error put two in scoring position for Ron Villone.
  • He put down a bunt and was thrown out at first allowing for Haas to come home.  The next man-up was Jimmy Adkins.  He stretched the edge to 3-0 by smacking a triple to the right field fence.  
  • A strikeout and fly out ended the rally.
  • In the home half, the Mustangs chipped into the deficit.  Senior Zachary DeLong ripped a two-bagger down into the left-field corner.  The following hitter was junior Alex Kidwiler who made it 3-1 with a single to left.
  • Sophomore Thomas Holcomb was safe on error putting men on the corners for freshman Austin Taylor with one away.  He tapped one out to short which forced out Holcomb on the bases, during the play Kidwiler came across trimming the score to 3-2. 

  • A two-out single for Jack Barry did not come to anything for Salisbury as Haas lined out to Holcomb in left for out three.
  • Stevenson took the lead with their at-bat.  Three straight men reached to begin the attack with Kerber and Moore working walks which were sandwiched around a base knock for junior Kevin Murray Jr. 
  • With DeLong at the dish Mike Hohlfeld who replaced Brack on the hill uncorked a wild pitch letting Kerber score.  
  • One batter later it was Kidwiler with the RBI single to left plating Murray for the 4-3 lead.
  • After junior Mark Terrell was hit by the pitch Holcomb drove in a pair with a smash to right field making it 6-3 Mustangs through three.

  • The visitors immediately responded as with one gone Villone singled and Adkins worked a free pass to bring up Tyler Mayo.
  • He reached first safely on an error by the shortstop as his throw skipped out of play letting Villone score.  Clayton Hyder followed him with a groundout to second plating one and the next batter Meekins ripped a single down the left-field line to even the score 6-6.
  • Stevenson did not let the game stay tied for long as with one gone Murray earned a walk bringing Moore to the dish.
  • He cleared the bases delivering a two-run shot over the left field wall to regain the lead 8-6.
  • The Mustangs would have the bases loaded later in the frame against new reliever Robbie Hollenbeck.  However, he allowed no more damage retiring Holcomb on strikes and getting a fly out from Taylor to stall the attack.

  • Jimmy Monaghan doubled to right-center to leadoff, and after a Gutekunst walk leaving men on the corners Villone reached on an infield single driving in Monaghan cutting it to 8-7.
  • That was the end of the day for Kaye as junior Brady Helinski took over on the mound and got Adkins to strikeout to stall the rally.

  • The Sea Gulls leveled the score again as with the bases full Villone came up with a sac fly to left scoring Barry from third to tie things 8-8.  
  • Adkins grounded out and Mayo watched strike three to strand men and second and third.

  • With men at first and third for the guests against freshman Sam DownsVillone legged out an infield single on a tapper back to Downs scoring one.
  • A stolen bag for Villone had two in scoring position for Adkins who came through with a bases-clearing single to left for the 11-8 lead.
  • In the home half, the host went to work against Adkins who had delivered the huge hit in the top half.
  • He gave up a two-out single to Kidwiler but got Terrell to line out to center to shut the door on the Mustangs.

  • W: Clayton Dwyer (5-1), L: Sam Downs (1-1), S: Jimmy Adkins (2)
  • Kaye took a no-decision lasting 4.2 on nine hits, seven runs (four earned) and fanned two.
  • Downs suffered the loss with two innings pitched but giving up three runs on four hits.
  • Kidwiler was 4-5 at the plate with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
  • Moore went 1-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and a home run (which was his first of the year)
  • Four other Mustangs chipped in a hit.
  • Dwyer got the win out of the pen with four dominating frames surrendering no hits and no runs with five strikeouts.
  • Adkins gave up one hit in his one inning of work for the save.
  • Barry, Gutekunst, and Villone each had three hits combining for six runs scored, four RBIs, a double, and a triple.

  • Stevenson returns to action on Friday, April 5th when they begin a pivotal MAC Commonwealth three-game weekend series with Arcadia University whey the Mustangs and Knights will play a single nine-inning contest at Sugar Field with first pitch slated for 3:30pm.