STEVENSON, Md. - Stevenson baseball sophomore Bret Schilling (Catonsville, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) and freshman Davis Grove (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) had three RBIs apiece while three pitchers combined for nine strikeouts in the Mustangs' 8-3 victory over Mt. Aloysius Sunday in their home opener at Park Field.
The win marked the beginning of a 10-game homestand for Stevenson (1-1) who has won four of its last six at Park Field.
The Mustangs scored all the runs they would need with four in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a two-run double by Schilling that scored junior Tom Goulian (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and sophomore Troy Miller (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) for what proved to be the game-winning third and fourth runs.
The Mounties (0-2) had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the third, but junior Brooks Miller (Odenton, Md./Arundel) got out of trouble with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
Mt. Aloysius loaded the bases with one out again in the fourth, but managed just one run after Patrick Gully was thrown at home by senior Heath Johnson (New Castle, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) on an RBI-single by Ian Helsel.
The Mounties still had two runners in scoring position after a Stevenson fielding error, but Brooks Miller again worked his way out of a trouble by getting Lucas Szymanski to foul out to third base.
Mount Aloysius loaded the bases with one out three times on Saturday, but scored just three runs after leaving 13 runners on base.
The Mustangs added three more runs in the fifth to increase their lead to 7-3 after a two-run triple by Grove and a sacrifice fly by Schilling. They capped their scoring in the sixth with an RBI-single by Troy Miller.
Holding a four-run lead after five, Stevenson got three scoreless innings of relief from junior Ryan Kellough (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) who made his first appearance of the season and allowed just one hit while striking out three.
Schilling was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs while Grove was 1-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs. Johnson had three hits for the Mustangs, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Troy Miller and freshman Ian Eberly (Harrisonburg, Va./Broadway) each had two hits.
Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday when it welcomes Penn State Harrisburg to Park Field. First pitch is at 3:00 p.m.
The Mustangs and Nittany Lions were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, but inclement weather forced it to be postponed. As a result, the two teams will play two nine-inning contests, one on Wednesday and the second at Penn State Harrisburg on Saturday, March 30.