Mustangs Lose Both Ends Of DH, To Drop Series To Messiah

Mustangs Lose Both Ends Of DH, To Drop Series To Messiah

GRANTHAM, Pa. - The Stevenson baseball team was kept off the scoreboard in game one thanks to a complete game shutout for Messiah College pitcher Jordan Nichols by a final of 3-0.  Then, in game two the Mustangs once again fell behind early before rallying back to knot the game at 4-4 before succumbing to the Falcons 6-5 in a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the Starry Athletic Complex. 

  • Stevenson (15-15, 7-7 MAC Commonwealth) went down in order to begin the game against home starter Jordan Nichols.  Senior pitcher James Wiercinski went to the mound in the home half for the visitors and allowed a hit to Jarod Bingaman, but got a fly out off the bat of Ryan Hentschel to retire the side.
  • Both teams put a runner on first in the second, however, neither one would advance keeping it scoreless through two.
  • Messiah (10-18, 3-11 MAC Commonwealth) took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with two out when Kyle Wickenheiser jacked his second homer of the season for a 1-0 lead for the Falcons.
  • The next man up was Trey Pritchard who was hit by a pitch.  Fortunately for the Mustangs Wiercinski settled down and struck out Hunter Brindle to end the frame.
  • Still trailing 1-0, entering the fifth the guests looked to tie or take the lead as a single for senior Jordan Moore and double off the bat of junior Mark Terrell put two in scoring position with one down for sophomore Thomas Holcomb.
  • Nichols got back-to-back strikeouts from Holcomb and senior Zachary DeLong to stall the threat.
  • A one-out single by Trent Culver in the bottom of the inning would score later on fielder's choice by Bingaman, who would come home on an RBI by Josh Hayner to make it 3-0 through five.
  • The Mustangs got singles from Moore and junior Alex Kidwiler with one out to bring Terrell to the dish representing the tying run in the top of the seventh.
  • He struck out giving the last chance to sophomore pinch-hitter Sam Ferreira who flew out to right to end the game.
  • W: Jordan Nichols (2-4), L: James Wiercinski (3-2)
  • Wiercinski too the loss going five innings allowing three runs on four hits striking out five.
  • Moore went 3-3 in the game.
  • Kidwiler and Terrell also recorded hits.
  • Nichols went the distance to earn the win giving up just five hits and fanning seven.
  • Bingaman, Hayner, and Wickenhesier had the RBIs for the Falcons. 

  • Messiah (11-18, 4-11 MAC Commonwealth) wasted no time taking the lead on graduate student Joe Thompson as the first three batters Culver, Bingaman, and Hayner all reached to bring up Hentschel who gave the hosts the 1-0 lead with a single.
  • The next man up was Sam Stewart and he made it 2-0 with a knock to left keeping the bases full.  
  • After a double-play that was lined into by Billy Davis, Hayner extended the advantage to 3-0 when he stole home.  Chris LaRose followed with an RBI hit before Wickenheiser struck out to end the frame at 4-0.
  • Stevenson (15-16, 7-8 MAC Commonwealth) put a runner on in both the first and second innings but never could advance them until the third.
  • Junior Kevin Murray Jr. reached on a one-out bunt single and went to second on a failed pickoff attempt by Falcons pitcher Ethan Hess.  
  • Freshman Matt Luterman drove him home with an RBI groundout cutting it to 4-1.
  • Thompson provided a one-two-three shutdown response to keep it 4-1 after three.
  • The Mustangs looked to close the gap in the fifth when with the bases loaded and one out Moore reached on a fielder's choice, unfortunately, Murray who had reached on an error was gunned down at the plate for out two.
  • Kidwiler worked a walk from Hess to make it 4-2, and then he was followed by Terrell who ripped a single through the left side driving in Moore and Kerber who also singled to knot the game 4-4.
  • Junior Brady Helinski took over for Thompson on the hill in the bottom of the frame and was greeted with back to back singles for Bingaman and Hayner bringing Hentschel to the plate.
  • His RBI groundout gave the Falcons the lead back at 5-4 with one gone.
  • A double steal of second and home between Stewart and Hayner opened the lead to 6-4, but sophomore Phil Wugalter came in from the pen to get the final two outs to retire the side.
  • In the home part of the sixth junior, Jake Vanko took to the mound for the second consecutive day and got two strikeouts and a groundout to hold the score where it was.
  • The Mustangs went looking for a rally with their final chance in game two and got off to a strong start with singles from Kerber and Moore putting the tying runs on for Kidwiler.
  • He pulled the visitors within one with an RBI knock up the box which ended the day for Hess as Carson Spangler came in from the bullpen.
  • Terrell was the first one to face him and he lined into a double play that forced out the lead runner as well.  DeLong then ended the game on a fly out to right for the 6-5 final.
  • W: Ethan Hess (5-2), L: Brady Helinski (1-2), S: Carson Spangler (1)
  • Thompson took the no-decision going four innings giving up four runs on six hits.
  • Helinski suffered the defeat only lasting 0.1 of a frame surrendering two runs on three hits.
  • Kerber was 3-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
  • Murray answered his hitless game one with a 2-4 game.
  • Kidwiler and Terrell delivered two RBIs each.
  • Hess got the win pitching six-plus issuing ten hits and five runs (one earned) with four K's.
  • Bingaman and Stewart were a combined 5-7 with two runs scored and an RBI.  

  • Murray with his hitless game one stopped his hitting streak at nine games.
  • With his appearance in game two Vanko set a career-high with his ninth appearance in a season.
  • Moore was 4-7 on the afternoon, while Kerber 3-6.
  • The shutout in game one was the first suffered by Stevenson this season.
  • The Mustangs are 1-4 in the first game of conference doubleheaders and are 2-3 in game two.

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  • Stevenson will have a few days off before returning to action on Wednesday, April 17 when they host the York College of Pennsylvania in non-conference action with first pitch set for 3:30pm at Sugar Field on the Greenspring Campus.