YORK, Pa. – Senior starting pitcher Michael Remeikis helped the Stevenson baseball team remain red-hot by tossing a complete game shutout as they blanked York College of Pennsylvania in a non-conference game by a final 6-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Jaquet Field.
The win extended the Mustangs winning streak to four in a row.
Stevenson (8-5) got two hits each from seniors Michael Rhodes, John D'Aquanno and junior Matthew Kerber. The three also combined to score four of the six runs, knocked in three, and drew a walk. Senior Billy Small and sophomore Kevin Murray Jr. chipped in one hit apiece.
After the Mustangs got set down one-two-three in the top of the first. York (5-5) came to hit in the bottom half against Stevenson starter senior Remeikis after the first batter Grant Oberholtzer flew out to sophomore Jacob Norris in left field for out one. The next two hitters Zach Hossler and Seth Brosius both reach one by walk and the other with a single through left side. Remeikis got Christian Bilan to fly to Norris for the second out. Jack Barry was issued the second free pass of the inning to load the bases for the Spartans with two down. Luke Knott popped to Kerber at second to retire the side with the game remaining scoreless.
In frame number two the visitors looked to get on the board as with one down Norris reached on a walk from York starting pitcher Will Grega and then was able to advance a bag on a throwing error by Grega on the mound. Sophomore Alex Kidwiler drew the second walk setting up two on and one gone. After Rhodes struck out looking with junior Jordan Moore at the plate both runners were allowed to move up 90-feet on a wild pitch by Grega. Moore then earned a walk to fill the bases with two out, but the threat came to an end when sophomore Brady Kessler popped to Hossler at second for the third out. The bottom of the inning saw the Spartans get a single from Collin Crowell but was thrown out attempting to advance to second (Rhodes to Kerber). Garrett Southern was hit by a pitch putting a runner at first with two away. Oberholtzer flew out to Norris in right to end the inning.
After neither team could get anything going in the third and fourth the Mustangs came to hit in the fifth and broke the scoreless draw. Rhodes led off with a single out to right. Then following batters Moore and Kessler were both retired with Moore flying out to center and Kessler fouled out to Southern behind the plate four out number two. Murray was next in the batter's box and he knocked a single into left making it first and second with two gone. Kerber stepped in smacking a base hit into center field moving Murray to third and plating Rhodes. With D'Aquanno at-bat, a double steal between Kerber and Murray let one come home extending the lead to 2-0. Kerber was able to advance to third on a wild pitch by Grega. D'Aquanno drew a walk to send runners to the corners. Grega unloaded another wild pitch letting Kerber score and move D'Aquanno to second. The rally ended when senior Billy Small struck out to retire the side. Remeikis continued to cruise on the slab for Stevenson setting down York on a pair of lineouts and a fly to left.
The away side added on in the top of the seventh against Spartan reliever Jeff Noss. After sophomore pinch hitter Mark Terrell flew out to Oberholtzer in center for the first out. Murray was next reaching safely when Noss hit him and got to second by stealing second base. Kerber followed with a bunt single setting up first and third with one out. With D'Aquanno at the plate, Kerber stole second to put two in scoring position. D'Aquanno drove in both runs with a long single down the left field line. The next hitter was Small he notched the second bunt single of the frame and advanced to second on an error by Knott at third which allowed D'Aquanno to come home. Norris and Kidwiler were then set down to retire the side. In the bottom of the seventh York got one on when Southern singled through the left side, but Oberholtzer struck out swinging to move the game to the eighth with the Mustangs ahead 6-0.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Remeikis went back to the mound in search of a complete game shutout. He got Crowell to pop up to Kerber at second for out one. Rob Acierno was summoned off the bench to pinch hit for Patrick Clement he was no match for the Remeikis as he went down looking at strike three. Southern then flew out to Norris in right to seal the victory.
Stevenson starter Remeikis (2-0) earned the win going the distance giving up seven hits and striking out five while walking two throwing 115 pitches (72 strikes).
The Mustangs are back in action on Friday, March, 16 when they begin conference play opening a three-game series with Widener University at Sugar Field. First pitch against the Pride is set for 3:30pm.