Mustangs Honor Seniors, Keep Postseason Hopes Alive With DH Sweep Of LVC

Mustangs Honor Seniors, Keep Postseason Hopes Alive With DH Sweep Of LVC

STEVENSON, Md. - The Stevenson University baseball team honored their 13 seniors in a big way on Saturday afternoon by keeping their postseason hopes alive thanks to sweeping a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Sugar Field.  In game one, the Mustangs broke apart a 4-4 tie with a two-run fifth en route to a 7-4 win.  Then, in the second contest with the host down 5-4 in extra innings senior pinch hitter Jonathan Lugo delivered a two-run walk-off double for a 6-5 victory.

  • After a scoreless top of the first by senior starting pitcher James WiercinskiStevenson (19-19, 9-10 MAC Commonwealth) got on the board first as a leadoff single for junior Kevin Murray Jr. scored two batters later for an early 1-0 edge when senior Matthew Kerber reached on a fielder's choice forcing out freshman Billy McAdam who had singled.
  • Lebanon Valley (14-22, 6-13 MAC Commonwealth) tied things right back up in the second thanks to singles for Joey Wrabel and Bryan Towers to begin the frame.  After, a sacrifice bunt moved both men 90-feet Tanner Rock delivered a sac fly to left to draw level 1-1 through one and a half.
  • The Mustangs responded with a run of their own in the home-half of the frame when a one-out double by senior Jordan Moore scored on a sac fly to left off the stick of sophomore Thomas Holcomb to go back ahead 2-1 at the end of two.
  • Wrabel reached base when he was hit by a Wiercinski pitch with one gone in the fourth.  He stole second a batter later before Michael Leri singled him home with a knock to left to once again level the score 2-2.  Leri was then caught stealing second to retire the side.
  • Back to back strikeouts by Kyle Kingsbury opened the home-half of the inning, but a double for junior Alex Kidwiler and walk to Moore led to run-scoring hits for Holcomb and freshman Matt Luterman to give the hosts a 4-2 lead.
  • Both teams picked up a pair of runs in the fifth as the Dutchmen got a two-run two-out single for TJ Holdredge and the Mustangs scored twice when Murray who reached on an error raced home on a wild pitch and Kerber who was hit by pitch came in later in the frame thanks to a passed ball to go up 6-4.
  • Junior Jake Vanko took over on the hill in the six and induced three straight groundouts.
  • A two-out base hit for Murray kept the bottom of the inning alive and after going to second on a balk, then moving to third on a wild pitch scored when Kerber picked up an RBI bunt single for the 7-4 advantage.  
  • Vanko finished off the win and the save for the home side with three fly outs in the final frame.
  • W: James Wiercinski (5-2), L: Kyle Kingsbury (3-4), S: Jake Vanko (2)
  • Wiercinski got the win lasting five innings giving up five hits and four runs with four K's.
  • Vanko earned the save issuing just one hit in two frames.
  • Murray continued to be strong in the leadoff spot going 3-4 with three runs scored.
  • McAdam, Kerber, DeLong, Kidwiler, Moore, Holcomb, and Luterman each added a hit and combined for five RBIs.
  • Kingsbury suffered the loss with 4.2 innings pitched surrendering six runs (three earned) on eight hits.
  • Six Dutchmen recorded a hit.

  • Freshman Sam Downs ran into trouble in the opening frame loading the bases with just one down but got Wrabel to ground into an inning-ending double play to thwart the rally.
  • Stevenson (20-19, 10-10 MAC Commonwealth) plated four runs in the home-half of the first.  Murray began things with an infield single and scored two batters later on a base hit for Kerber.
  • He stole second and took third on a passed ball.  DeLong followed with a walk to put men on the corners for Kidwiler who smashed a double to left-center scoring one.  Holcomb extended the lead to 4-0 with a two-run single through the left side.
  • The score remained 4-0 into the top of the fourth when Lebanon Valley (14-23, 6-14 MAC Commonwealth) would get back into things.  Nick O'Shea led off with a two-bagger, Towers was hit by a pitch, and Seiler Edwards singled to fill the bags for the visitors with no outs.
  • Luke Blair halved the deficit with a double to deep right-center.  The next man up was Chris DeClerico who drove in Edwards with a groundout to second.  After a fly out by Josh Herring made it two outs, Holdredge completed the comeback with an RBI single to left to make it 4-4.
  • Going to the seventh neither team could recapture the lead as it remained 4-4.  Junior Brady Helinski posted a one-two-three top-half.  Then, in the bottom half the Mustangs got a one-out walk to Murray and a two-out hit by a pitch for McAdam, but Kerber flew out to right to send the game to extras.
  • Helinski was strong in the eighth recorded a three-up-three-down frame.  Three home walks thrown by Will Zimmerman drawn by DeLong, Kidwiler, and sophomore pinch hitter Sam Ferreira loaded the bases for freshman pinch hitter Will Mesa
  • With the game on the line, the Dutchmen put five men in the infield in an attempt to cut down any potential play at the plate.  It turned out to be a great idea as Mesa lined out to the shortstop who was playing in the hole between second and third. He was also able to throw behind the runner at third to complete the double play.
  • In the ninth, Herring was hit by a pitch with one down to bring up Holdredge.  He gave the guests their first lead of the day with a double to the left-center gap to make it 5-4. Tanner Rock would end the inning on a double play that was induced by senior Mike Elia.
  • The Mustangs came up in the bottom-half needing at least one to keep it going.  After the first two men were set down by Zimmerman, McAdam and Kerber both reached to bring up Lugo.
  • He ripped the Zimmerman offering out to deep right-center bringing home both runners for the 6-5 win.
  • W: Mike Elia (2-0), L: Will Zimmerman (1-3)
  • Downs did not factor in the decision lasting four innings allowing four runs on six hits.
  • The three men bullpen rotation for Stevenson went five frames giving up just one run on three hits.
  • Murray, Kerber, and Holcomb each had two hits and combined for three runs scored and three RBIs.
  • Three other Mustangs recorded hits.
  • Zimmerman was settled with the loss with 1.2 innings pitched issuing two hits that resulted in two runs.
  • Holdredge and Edwards had two knocks each for Lebanon Valley.

  • The Mustangs are 3-1 in extra innings games this season.
  • Murray was 5-8 on the afternoon with four runs scored and a walk.
  • Kerber went 3-8 between the two games totaling three runs scored and three RBIs.
  • Wiercinski holds the conference lead in strikeouts with 75.

  • Stevenson now faces a "win and in" scenario as they conclude the 2019 regular season schedule tomorrow, Sunday, April 28 in Annville, Pennsylvania as they wrap-up their three-game MAC Commonwealth series with the Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchmen at 12pm on McGill Field. 
  • A win by the Mustangs will put them into the MAC Commonwealth Tournament which will begin next Thursday in York, Pennsylvania.