STEVENSON, Md. – After having two games postponed due to heavy winds and inclement weather on Friday and Saturday the Stevenson University baseball team returned to action on Sunday afternoon falling to non-conference opponent Rutgers-Camden by a final of 14-9 at Sugar Field.
Stevenson (4-4) was led by a 3-4 day at the plate from sophomore first-baseman Mark Terrell which included a double. Senior John D'Aquanno and sophomore Kevin Murray Jr. each added two hits. Six other players chipped in solo hits.
Rutgers-Camden (2-1) struck early as R.J. Concepcion led the game off with a single to center off of Mustangs junior starter James Wiercinski. Tyler Travis followed with an infield knock setting up first and second with no one out. John Tedeschi went down looking for the first out, but the next batter Chris Jones sent a single through the left side scoring Concepcion. Matt Yanick flew out to right and Matthew Stoots became the second strikeout victim of the inning to set down the side. The scoring continued in the bottom of the first when Murray opened it up with a double to right against Scarlet Raptors starter Drew Zytko. Sophomore Brady Kessler then reached on an error against third baseman Stoots allowing Murray to come across tying the score. With one down Terrell sent one through the right side advancing Kessler to third. Sophomore Alex Kidwiler laid down a sacrifice bunt to John DeSantis at first plating Kessler to give the home side the lead. With a runner at second junior Matthew Kerber drew a free pass putting two on with two gone. Unfortunately, sophomore Jacob Norris struck out swinging to end the inning.
With the score still 2-1 Stevenson in the fifth, the Scarlet Raptors would recapture the lead after singles from Nolan Gerold and DeSantis opened the frame Concepcion would be retired on a sac bunt to senior catcher Jake Dimon. Wiercinski then induced a fielder's choice from Travis that saw Gerold thrown out at the plate by Kessler at short. With two runners on and two out, Tedeschi knocked a single through the left side scoring DeSantis to knot the score. The next batter Jones kept the rally going reaching safely on an error by Kessler plating both Tedeschi and Travis. After Yanick singled to left, the threat came to a halt when Jones was picked off of third Dimon to D'Aquanno. The bottom of the inning saw the home side get the first two runners on with back-to-back singles from D'Aquanno and Terrell. D'Aquanno was then picked off at second Travis to Gerold for the first out. Kidwiler singled to set up first and second with just one out, but Kerber rolled into a double play Gerold to DeSantis to end the opportunity and the score was 4-2 after five.
The sixth saw the guests added on to their edge with a one-out RBI fielder's choice from Concepcion scoring Stoots and moving Brandon Cornelius to third. Then, with Travis at the dish, Concepcion would steal second and Cornelius would come across. Travis finished his at-bat with an infield bunt single plating Concepcion after an error on the throw from D'Aquanno. Tedeschi picked up a walk making it first and second with two down. Jones made the half inning come to a close after reaching on a fielder's choice but had teammate Tedeschi rubbed out heading to second (Kessler to Kerber). Norris led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to straightaway center field, but the next three hitters went down in order to close the frame at 7-2.
After a scoreless seventh Rutgers-Camden broke the game open in the top of the eighth sending twelve men to the dish scoring seven runs on five hits. With one out and bases loaded Stoots knocked a double to left field off of Mustangs sophomore reliever Jake Vanko scoring Tedeschi and Travis. Cornelius was issued a walk before Gerold picked up the second double of the inning with one to right plating two more. DeSantis grounded out to Kerber at second for out number two. Pinch-hitter Wayne Jackson singled to center knocking home Gerold and Cornelius. Tedeschi plated the final run with a single to left making the score 14-2 after eight.
Stevenson came to bat in the bottom of the ninth looking for a huge rally against reliever Mike Calabrese. Junior Anthony Millington led it off with a walk, and then sophomore George Lowe reached on an error by the third baseman allowing Millington to advance all the way to third. Junior Tim Hogan singled up the middle to score Millington, the next batter sophomore Michael King plated Lowe with an RBI bunt setting up runners at the corners with no outs. After senior Kenny Armiger was hit by a pitch, he moved up on a wild pitch from Calabrese and saw teammate Hogan cross home plate. Senior pinch hitter Eric Prachniak reached safely on an error scoring Kelly and pushing Armiger to third. Freshman Blake Loewe tapped one back to first for the opening out of the frame, however, it did score, Armiger. That signaled the end of the day for Calabrese as he was replaced by Joe Hahn. Freshman Phil Dao was summoned from the bench to hit for senior Billy Small and made it to first thanks to an error from the visiting right fielder letting one home. Sophomore Zachary DeLong added the seventh run of the frame for the Mustangs with an RBI groundout making it 14-9. Unfortunately, that was the closest they could get as Millington grounded out to end the game.
Stevenson starter Wiercinski (0-2) allowed seven runs (three earned) over six innings also gave up ten hits and picked up five strikeouts. The bullpen combination of junior Tayvon Smith, sophomores Erik Arenberg, Vanko, and freshman Patrick Sullivan gave up seven runs (six earned) on five hits and totaled four K's.
The Mustangs have a quick turnaround as they return to action tomorrow Monday, March, 5 when they host Frostburg State University at Sugar Field. First pitch against the Bobcats is set for 2:30pm.