Mustangs Drop Two to Moravian, Hampden-Sydney

Mustangs Drop Two to Moravian, Hampden-Sydney

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – The Stevenson University baseball team dropped a pair of games Sunday, falling to Moravian 17-10 before dropping a 15-12 decision to Hampden-Sydney in a game called after seven innings due to darkness.

Against Moravian, four players, senior Kevin Kopas, juniors Billy Small and John D'Aquanno and sophomore Connor Wasilnak, all had two hits apiece for Stevenson (2-4), with Small, Kopas, Wasilnak and freshman Alex Kidwiler each knocking in two runs.

Stevenson trailed 11-3 midway through the sixth after Moravian (2-1) plated four runs in the third, three in the fifth and four in the sixth.  The Mustangs got back into the game by crossing home plate seven times in the bottom of the sixth, banging out five hits while taking advantage of a pair of errors and two walks.  Kopas and Small each worked bases-loaded walks, with Kidwiler and Wasilnak each hitting two-run singles.

The Greyhounds pulled away by scoring twice in the eighth and four more times in the ninth.

Stevenson took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.  After back-to-back strikeouts to open the frame, freshman Matthew Kerber singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Kopas single.  The other two Mustang runs came in the fifth as D'Aquanno reached on a one-out triple and was brought in by Kerber.  Small brought in Kerber on an RBI single.

Sophomore James Wiercinski took the loss for Stevenson, allowing nine hits and seven runs (one earned) in five innings.  The Mustangs were hurt by six errors in the game.

In the nightcap, the Mustangs led 10-5 midway through the fifth before the Tigers (6-1) scored 10 times in the bottom of the fifth, using six hits, five walks and a hit batter to take a 15-10 lead.

Kopas drove in three runs against Hampden-Sydney, going 2-3 with a walk, while D'Aquanno, Small and junior Jake Hall each had two hits.

Stevenson plated four runs in the top of the first, with Kopas delivering a two-run single and Small making it 3-0 on a groundout.  The final Mustang run scored when sophomore Matt Alcantara reached on an error.

The guests scored two more runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings before plating single runs in the sixth and seventh.  In the third, junior Jake Dimon hit a two-run double, while D'Aquanno reaching on an error and a Kopas sac fly in the fourth gave the Mustangs two more runs.  In the fifth, Hall had a two-out triple to score Dimon, while a D'Aquanno single brought in Hall.

In the sixth, a single by freshman Kevin Murray, Jr. brought in Alcantara, while the final run in the seventh scored on a passed ball.

Stevenson used six pitchers in the game.  Junior Michael Remeikis started and went three innings, allowing seven hits and five runs.  Senior Austin Reitz took the loss, his first of the season.

Stevenson returns to action on Friday when it hosts Frostburg State for its home opener at 2:30 pm at Sugar Field.