Mustangs Suffer Conference Defeat At Alvernia

Mustangs Suffer Conference Defeat At Alvernia

READING, Pa. - The Stevenson baseball team fell behind in the first inning and never could recover as they suffered an 8-1 setback at the hands of the host Alvernia University in game one of their three-game MAC Commonwealth series on Thursday afternoon at Angelica Park.  

  • Stevenson (15-18, 7-9 MAC Commonwealth) looked to get out to a quick lead on home starter Jake Reese as senior Matthew Kerber and junior Alex Kidwiler drew consecutive one-out walks to bring up senior catcher Jordan Moore.
  • He, unfortunately, brought the threat to an end with a line out to second base which resulted in Kerber being thrown out trying to return to second for the final out.
  • Alvernia (21-10-2, 12-4 MAC Commonwealth) would strike off of junior Tyler Graham in their half when leadoff batter Ian Shaffer doubled to left to start things for the hosts.
  • After a groundout by Mike Cirilli moved the runner to third, he came home on a sacrifice fly by Nathan Sides for the 1-0 lead through one.  

  • The Mustangs looked to provide an immediate answer with senior Zachary DeLong getting a one-out base hit and then advancing 90-feet when freshman Billy McAdam grounded out to first.
  • Sophomore Nate Perkins singled as well to leave men on the corners for freshman Matt Luterman.
  • However, he bounced into a fielder's choice forcing out Perkins at second to retire the side.
  • Graham posted a one-two-three bottom-half to keep the score at just 1-0.

  • A two-out double for Kidwiler did not amount to anything as Moore flew out to halt the opportunity.
  • The Golden Wolves added one with their at-bat thanks to a pair of visitor miscues.
  • First, Joe Ginder reached on an infield single, but a throwing error by the pitcher moved him to second for Shaffer who brought him home by legging out a bunt single and thanks to the second error in as many batters let Ginder score for the 2-0 edge.
  • Cirilli grounded out, Shaffer was thrown out at the plate on a Sides hit and Matt Briner flew out to center for out three.

  • Colin Rieger made it 3-0 on a solo home run to lead off the home half.
  • Singles in the inning by Grant Hackett, Ginder, and Shaffer would all come in to score as well with two-outs to stretch the margin to 6-0.

  • Thomas Malik took over for Reese on the mound and immediately conceded a baserunner when Kidwiler reached safely on a wild pitch on strike three.
  • Moore was next and he singled out to left allowing Kidwiler to take second, he advanced to third thanks to an error by the left fielder putting men on the corners for junior Mark Terrell.
  • He picked up an RBI to trim the score to 6-1, but his at-bat also ended in a double play to clear the bases.  DeLong followed with a groundout to end the frame.
  • Sides answered the guests run with a two-run double down the right field line plating Cirilli who singled and Shaffer who was safe on an error.
  • Sophomore Patrick Sullivan was summoned from the bullpen to replace Graham and he got a double play out of Briner to stop the rally.

  • Stevenson began their last opportunity against reliever Christian Burrus with sophomore Thomas Holcomb reaching on catcher's interference followed by a single for McAdam.
  • Perkins went down on strikes for out one, before Luterman hit into a game-ending double play for the 8-1 final.

  • W: Jake Reese (4-1), L: Tyler Graham (3-1)
  • Graham suffered his first loss of the year lasting 5.1 innings giving up eight runs (six earned) on 12 hits and one strikeout.
  • Sullivan went 2.2 out of the pen and did not allow a hit or run.
  • Perkins was the only Mustang with multiple hits on the day.  It was the third time in his Mustangs career he totaled two hits in a game.
  • Kidwiler, Moore, DeLong, McAdam, and Luterman each recorded a knock for the guests.
  • Reese earned the victory pitching five frames of four-hit shutout baseball.
  • Malik and Burrus combined for four innings out of the bullpen surrendering just one run.
  • Shaffer, Cirilli, Sides, Rieger, and Ginder combined for 11-18 at the dish with seven RBIs, seven runs scored, three doubles, and a home run.  

  • After a day off the Mustangs and Golden Wolves will complete their three-game MAC Commonwealth series with a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning contests on Saturday, April 20 at Sugar Field on the Greenspring Campus with first pitch set for 12pm.