Baseball Blasts Past Gettysburg 23-8

Baseball Blasts Past Gettysburg 23-8

STEVENSON, Md. – The Stevenson University baseball team scored in all but one inning and pounded out 19 hits as it defeated Gettysburg College 23-8 in non-conference baseball Wednesday afternoon at Sugar Field.

The 23 runs scored by Stevenson (4-5) are its most in a game since a 23-3 win over Gallaudet on February 25, 2009.  The Mustangs jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings and posted at least one run in all but the seventh, with six of those being multi-run innings.

Stevenson scored three runs in the bottom half of the first, the sixth time in nine games it has scored in the first inning.  Junior Jake Hall led off with a walk, then moved to third when classmate John D'Aquanno doubled to left.  The pair scored when senior Kevin Kopas singled up the middle.  Stevenson's third run came on a sac fly by sophomore Connor Wasilnak to plate Kopas.

In the second, Hall had an RBI single and Kopas worked a bases-loaded walk, but the big blow came on a grand slam by junior Billy Small to make it 9-0, the first of two Mustang home runs. Junior Jake Dimon delivered a two-run shot to right in the fourth to make it 14-2.

Gettysburg (0-2) scored twice in the third, four times in the fifth and twice in the ninth.  Stevenson, meanwhile, had a pair of runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the eighth, only getting shut out in the seventh.

Eleven different players had at least one hit for the Mustangs.  D'Aquanno led the way with three hits, while Hall, Kopas, Small, Dimon, CJ Brown and Anthony Millington each had two hits.  Small drove in five runs on the afternoon, with Kopas bringing home four.  Jacob Norris drove in three runs on a bases-loaded triple in the sixth, while Hall, Wasilnak and Dimon each drove in two runs.

Freshman Erik Arenberg earned his first collegiate victory, going the first five innings and allowing six hits and six runs (four earned) while striking out four and walking two.  Junior Kenny Armiger struck out four in three shutout innings, allowing three hits, while senior Austin Reitz notched a pair of strikeouts in the ninth.

Rich Power took the loss for the Bullets, as he was responsible for five runs in an inning-plus of work.

Stevenson is slated to return to action Saturday when it hosts Eastern University for a noon doubleheader at Sugar Field.