McAdam's First Home Run Helps Mustangs Past Bulldogs

McAdam's First Home Run Helps Mustangs Past Bulldogs

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Freshman shortstop Billy McAdam picked up his first collegiate home run and senior Mike Elia earned his first win of the season as the Stevenson University baseball team rallied back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the DeSales University Bulldogs by a score of 9-4 on Thursday night at Weiland Park to close out the non-conference part of their schedule.

  • Stevenson (18-19) got the leadoff batter junior Kevin Murray Jr. on thanks to a walk from home Max Antos.  A passed ball with senior Zachary DeLong at the dish would move him to third, but a fly out left him stranded 90-feet away.
  • DeSales (20-15) first batter Evan Plummer began things with a knock to left off of freshman Matt Reichhe would take two bags on a sac bunt by Preston Amato for the first out.
  • A strikeout of Charlie Barebo put the Mustangs one out away from allowing no damage, however, a wild pitch plated one.
  • Aaron Fritz singled through the right side and went to second on a wild pitch before an error by the second baseman allowed the home team to grab a 2-0 edge through one.

  • The Mustangs immediately cut into the deficit as a triple for junior Alex Kidwiler and a double by senior Jordan Moore made it 2-1 with no outs.
  • Moore came home later in the frame when after a walk to classmate Michael Rhodes a double steal attempt by the runners knotted the score 2-2.
  • The second walk of the frame handed out to Murray by Antos put two on with two gone, but a groundout by McAdam retired the side.
  • Reich posted a shutdown inning to keep things tied after two.

  • A single for senior Matthew Kerber and a walk to DeLong put men on first and third with none out.  
  • That was the end of the night for Antos as he was replaced by Ryan Passaro.  He immediately conceded a run by unleashing a wild pitch plating Kerber for the 3-2 lead.
  • Kidwiler worked a free pass to put two on for Moore, but he lined into a double play which retired DeLong as well.  Freshman Matt Luterman singled to right but got thrown out trying to advance to second.  
  • Senior Michael King took over for Reich in the home-half of the frame and gave up a two-out hit to Sean Hanczaryk.  After stealing second base he went no further as Nick White grounded back to King for the final out.

  • With two in scoring position and one out McAdam came through in a big way ripping a two-bagger to the right-center gap driving in freshman Will Mesa and Rhodes who both singled for a 5-2 edge.  Kerber and DeLong both flew out to leave McAdam left on base.
  • Elia was the third pitcher used by the Mustangs and he worked a one-two-three inning.

  • The Bulldogs made it 5-3 two batters into the frame as Plummer led off with a double then scored on a single for Amato.  
  • Elia responded nicely getting a pair of strikeouts and a fly out to center to allow no more damage.

  • Stevenson stretched the advantage to 6-3 as Murray was hit by a pitch from home reliever Zac Vittorelli.  After he stole second he scored when after swiping third base a throwing error by the DeSales backstop let him come home safely.
  • A walk for DeLong and single by Kidwiler put two on with two down, unfortunately, Moore flew out to center for the final out.
  • Fritz began the bottom half of the frame with a double which led to the removal of Elia who was replaced by junior Zach Kaye.  
  • He came in two batters later when a sacrifice fly off the bat of Robby Lamm drove home Fritz trimming the margin to 6-4.

  • Luterman walked, Mesa smacked a double and Murray was issued an intentional walk to load the bases for McAdam.
  • Before, a pitch was even thrown to him all the runners attempted to steal a base which resulted in Luterman being tagged out going to the plate for the second out.
  • McAdam did not allow that play to deter him as he smashed a three-run shot over the right-field fence to extend the advantage to 9-4.
  • Kaye completed the save with a one-two-three bottom of the ninth to end the game.

  • W: Mike Elia (1-0), L: Max Antos (1-1), S: Zach Kaye (1)
  • Reich did not factor in the decision lasting two innings giving up just two hits and two runs (one earned).
  • Elia received the win with two frames of two-hit one-run relief while fanning three batters.
  • Kaye picked up his first career save going the final two innings allowing one hit and struck out three.
  • McAdam was 2-6 with five RBIs, a run scored, and a home run (the first in his Stevenson career).  
  • Kerber, Mesa, and Kidwiler each had a pair of hits and combined for four runs scored.
  • Antos suffered the loss lasting two frames issuing three hits, but surrendered three runs and walked four.
  • Plummer, Fritz, and Hanczaryk had two hits each for DeSales.

  • With the inclement weather expected to hit the area tomorrow, the Mustangs will now begin their three-game MAC Commonwealth series Saturday, April 27 when they host the Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchmen for a doubleheader on Senior Day beginning at 1 pm on Sugar Field.
  • Stevenson sits at 8-10 in the MAC Commonwealth and needs to finish with a better record than Widener University as the Pride took the season series with the Mustangs 2-1.
  • The Mustangs got some much-needed help today as the Pride suffered a 4-2 loss to conference-leading Hood College today to drop to 8-11 in the conference.