Wiercinski Picks Up Save, Coach Gage Gets Win 100 As Mustangs Take Series From Albright

Wiercinski Picks Up Save, Coach Gage Gets Win 100 As Mustangs Take Series From Albright

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Just one day after starting senior James Wiercinski earned his first save of the year as the Stevenson University baseball team wrapped up their spring break trip to Florida by earning a MAC Commonwealth series victory over the Albright College Lions by a final score of 5-4 on Saturday morning on Mickey Etherton Field at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.  

  • Stevenson (10-6, 4-2 MAC Commonwealth) struck first after a one-two-three inning put up by junior starting pitcher Tyler Graham.  
  • Classmates Kevin Murray Jr. and Brady Kessler delivered back-to-back singles to put men on the corners for senior Matthew Kerber.  
  • He, unfortunately, rolled into the 6-4-3 double play.  However, it was enough for Murray to come home for the 1-0 lead.

  • Albright (4-10, 1-4 MAC Commonwealth) looked to answer against Graham in their half with two out they had men at first and third, but Jack Shevlin whiffed on strike three to retire the side.
  • In the bottom-half of the frame the Mustangs added on to the lead versus Lions starter Matt Fisher as junior Alex Kidwiler and senior Jordan Moore started the rally with singles to send sophomore Thomas Holcomb to the plate.
  • He ripped a base hit to right.  However, as Kidwiler was racing home a strong throw from right gunned him down at the plate to keep it 1-0 for the moment.
  • Senior Zachary DeLong plated two with a one-out double to left for the 3-0 lead.
  • Then the two-out magic for the Mustangs began after a pop out by freshman Billy McAdam Murray plated DeLong with a single and Kerber bounced one up the box scoring Murray for the 5-0 edge.

  • Albright began their attempt at a comeback as knocks by Jimmie Gentry and Logan Pennypacker had runners on the corners for Joe Suppa.
  • He put the Lions on the scoresheet with a groundout to Kidwiler at third that allowed Gentry to come home.
  • One batter later Logan Adams trimmed the margin to 5-2 on a soft single to right scoring Pennypacker and letting him head to second on the throw.
  • An out off the bat of Jeremy Brubaker stalled the rally.
  • With men at first and second, McAdam went down on strikes to not allow Stevenson to answer back.

  • Adams and Brubaker started the frame with consecutive singles.
  • A sacrifice bunt by Lew Meringo put both men in scoring position for Josh Jacavage who cleared the bases with a two-run single to make it 5-4.
  • After a Shevlin hit Graham got Gentry to roll into an inning-ending double play.
  • Stevenson had a man at third with two out in their half, but Kessler hit a hard lineout to right ending the frame.

  • Freshman reliever Sam Downs hit a batter and gave up a single leaving men at first and second for Brubaker.  He ended the hope by popping up to McAdam at short.

  • Still clinging to the 5-4 edge junior Jake Vanko set the Lions down in order with a stirkeout and a pair of flyouts.
  • The Mustangs searching for insurance had Moore at third after he doubled and advanced on a sac bunt, unfortunately, he would be left there when sophomore pinch-hitter Phil Dao popped up to third. 

  • Gentry began the Lions last chance by working a walk off of Vanko, before Wiercinski came out of the pen and shut the door retiring the next three in a row to preserve the 5-4 win.

  • W: Tyler Graham (2-0), L: Matt Fisher (0-2), S: James Wiercinski (1)
  • The win was number 100 in the career of head coach Dave Gage.
  • Wiercinski earned save number one of the season and fourth of his Mustangs career.
  • Graham got the win going six frames allowing eight hits, four runs (two earned) and three K's.
  • Downs, Vanko, and Wiercinski each posted an inning of scoreless relief.
  • Moore went 3-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored.
  • Murray, DeLong, and Kessler each had a pair of hits and combined for three runs scored and two RBIs.
  • Fisher took the loss lasting just two innings on nine hits, five runs, and did not record a strikeout.
  • Adams was 3-4 a run scored and an RBI to pace Albright.

  • Stevenson will have a few days off before returning to action on Tuesday, March 26 when they travel just down the road to play the McDaniel College Green Terror at 3:30pm.
  • The Mustangs are back at Sugar Field on the Greenspring Campus on Saturday, March 30 as the Widener University Pride come to Maryland for a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader beginning at 1pm..