ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Stevenson baseball freshman Alec Romanowski (Endwell, N.Y./Maine Endwell) allowed just five hits, one walk and one earned run, but the Mustangs were limited to just six hits and stranded six runners on base as they dropped the first of a three-game series with Elizabethtown Friday, 1-0 at Kevin S. Boyd Stadium.
Stevenson (12-6, 1-3 MAC) was shutout for the second time in the last three games after being held to just six hits over nine innings by the Blue Jays' Matt Ruth.
Elizabethtown (5-10, 1-1 MAC), who was picked to finish second in the Commonwealth Conference this season, scored the only run it would need in the bottom of the first. After Tyler Weary leadoff the inning with a double, he was sacrificed to third on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Gable before scoring on the third at-bat of the game, an RBI-single to shortstop by Luke Gatti.
From there, Romanowski and Ruth would combine to allow just nine hits while striking out nine over the final eight innings.
Ruth did not allow a walk and struck out four to improve his record to 3-2.
Five different Mustangs had a hit, led by freshman Davis Grove (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) who was 2-for-4.
Stevenson's best chance to tie or take the lead came in the sixth inning when the had runners on second and third with two outs. However, Ruth got the Mustangs' best hitter this season, senior Heath Johnson (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington), to pop up to second to end the inning.
Johnson entered the game batting .431 with a team-high 17 RBIs. He finished 1-for-4.
Stevenson and Elizabethtown will conclude its three-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader at Park Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.