Long Ball Dooms Mustangs In DH Sweep To Widener

Long Ball Dooms Mustangs In DH Sweep To Widener

STEVENSON, Md. - The Stevenson baseball team held early leads in both games of their MAC Commonwealth doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, but were unable to maintain them as the visiting Widener University hit two home runs in each game to down the Mustangs by scores of 6-3 in eight in game one, before taking the second contest 6-4 at Sugar Field.

  • Stevenson (11-8, 5-3 MAC Commonwealth) senior starter James Wiercinski set down the guest one-two-three to begin the game.
  • The Mustangs wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as junior Kevin Murray Jr. and senior Matthew Kerber each picked up singles to bring up senior catcher Jordan Moore.
  • He sent a double that hugged the left-field line deep into the corner allowing Kerber to come home for the 1-0 lead through one.
  • Widener (8-14, 2-6 MAC Commonwealth) got their first hit of the game with two out in the second when Greg Elfreth flared one into left, however, he went no further as Dylan Morrissette line to left for the final out.
  • The home team tacked two on in the third.  Moore came up with a bases-load sac fly to score Murray who had singled through the right side, and then junior Alex Kidwiler picked up an RBI base hit driving in freshman Billy McAdam to push the edge to 3-0 after three.
  • Stevenson had a chance to add-on in the ensuing frame, but with two men in scoring position Murray popped out and McAdam bounced into an inning-ending double play.
  • The Pride would even the score at 3-3 in the sixth on a solo home run for Ryan Bennett and RBI knocks for Stephen DeBellis and Nathan Valenta.
  • That was the end of the day for Wiercinski as he departed with a man at second.  That brought junior Brady Helinski in from the pen and after a walk he got a strikeout of Tommy McParland.  
  • Then sophomore Phil Wugalter entered the game and got Elfreth to fly out to end the frame.
  • Kidwiler came up with two out in the bottom of the seventh and runners on first and second, but flew out to center to move the game to extras.
  • Widener came up with three in the eighth as a single for Matt Samson led things off.  He scored when Valenta doubled for the 4-3 lead.
  • The next man up was DeBellis who cleared the bags with a two-run shot over the left field wall.
  • The hosts went down in order against James Dougherty to end the game 6-3.
  • W: James Dougherty (2-0), L: Phil Wugalter (0-1)
  • Wiercinski went 5.1 giving up six hits and three runs on five strikeouts.
  • Wugalter took the loss on 1.2 innings of work, but issuing three runs on three hits.
  • Senior Zachary DeLong went 3-4 at the dish with a pair of doubles.
  • Murray was 2-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • Five other Mustangs recorded a hit.
  • Dougherty got the win out of the pen with 2.1 innings pitched and not allowing a run.
  • Samson, Valenta, and DeBellis had two hits each.  

  • Widener (9-14, 3-6 MAC Commonwealth) took the lead to begin game two off of graduate student Joe Thompson as McParland singled up the middle to open the second.  He scored three batters later when Bennett singled to left and a misplay by the home left fielder allowed the man to score for the 1-0 lead through one-and-a-half.
  • Stevenson (11-9, 5-4 MAC Commonwealth) looked to answer back in the home half of that frame as freshman Will Mesa and McAdam both reach, but classmate Austin Taylor struck out and Murray grounded out to retire the side.
  • In the third, the Mustangs found the scoreboard.  First, with men at second and third Kidwiler whacked a single to center to drive in Kerber who had reached on a fielder's choice.
  • That brought junior Mark Terrell to the dish and he delivered in a big way by smashing a three-run homer to deep left to move the hosts ahead 4-1.  Mesa and McAdam were then set down in succession to allow no more damage.
  • The Pride pulled one back the following frame as McParland reached on an error before being knocked in by a double off the stick of Morrissette.  
  • Taylor doubled to start the home half, and went to third on a wild pitch, unfortunately, he was left 90-feet away from recapturing the lead.
  • A single for Valenta put the fifth into motion and two batters later he was touching home when Nick D'Alessandro sent the ball over the left field fence for a 4-4 tie.
  • The guests went ahead later that inning as McParland was hit by a pitch which led to him scoring on a passed ball two hitters later for the 5-4 edge.  Morrissette popped out to end the rally.
  • Bennett hit the Pride second homer of the game an inning later making it 6-4.
  • The Mustangs had the tying run at the plate in the seventh after a double for DeLong, but Moore grounded out to end the game.
  • W: Donald Edwards (1-1), L: Joe Thompson (2-3), S: Ricky Collings (1)
  • Thompson suffered the loss with five innings of seven-hit five-run ball while striking out three.
  • DeLong and Moore each had two hits.
  • Kidwiler, Terrell, McAdam, and Taylor each had a hit and combined for four RBIs and two runs scored.
  • Edwards got the win out of the pen going 2.2 innings not allowing a run or hit and fanning four.
  • Jake Good took a no-decision lasting three frames surrendering seven hits and four runs.
  • Bennett was 2-3 with a home run.
  • Six other Widener players recorded a hit.

  • The home run for Terrell in game two was his first of the year.
  • DeLong on the afternoon went 5-8 with three doubles.
  • Wiercinski now has 58 strikeouts on the season.  
  • Six Mustangs recorded a hit on the day.

  • Stevenson will look to end their two-game skid tomorrow, March 31 when they welcome Washington College (Md.) to Sugar Field for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 12pm.