Mustangs Drop Regular Season Finale To LVC

Mustangs Drop Regular Season Finale To LVC

ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Stevenson University baseball team fell behind early 1-0, before rallying back to tie things at 1-1, but ultimately saw their 2019 regular season come to an end on Sunday afternoon as the host Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchmen salvaged game three of the weekend MAC Commonwealth series by a score of 4-1 at McGill Field.

  • Stevenson (20-20, 10-11 MAC Commonwealth) would get a two-out baserunner when senior Matthew Kerber was hit by the offering from home starter Jake Williams.  However, a fly out by classmate Zachary DeLong retired the side.
  • Lebanon Valley (15-23, 7-14 MAC Commonwealth) leadoff hitter Chris DeClerico singled down the left field line against junior Tyler Graham and would make it to third thanks to a wild pitch and a fly ball to right, but Josh Marcelli flew out to right to stall the threat.

  • The Dutchmen grabbed the lead as with one gone Bryan Towers singled up the box.  He stole second and then took third on a wild pitch with two away.
  • That set Nick O'Shea to the dish and he ripped a double to left-center plating Towers for the 1-0 lead.
  • Josh Willey followed with a single through the left side to put men on the corners, before a line out by DeClerico ended the inning.

  • With two away and still trailing 1-0, junior Alex Kidwiler worked a seven-pitch walk to bring up senior Jordan Moore.
  • He brought the Mustangs level at 1-1 with a fence-busting double to deep left field driving in Kidwiler from first.
  • Sophomore Thomas Holcomb popped up to Williams on the mound to allow no more damage.
  • The Dutchmen recaptured the lead as infield singles by Joey Wrabel and Towers put two on with none out for Michael Leri who moved them both with a sacrifice bunt.
  • O'Shea then made it 2-1 on a sac fly to center.  Willey then grounded out to end the frame.

  • A walk to sophomore Nate Perkins and a single to right-center for junior Kevin Murray Jr. put men on the corners for freshman Billy McAdam.
  • He tapped the ball back to the pitcher and with Perkins moving on contact Williams picked the ball up and fired home to nail Perkins at the dish.  Kerber fouled out to retire the side.  
  • Freshman Matt Reich replaced Graham on the mound and allowed a two-out single to TJ Holdredge, but got Marcelli to fly out to right for the final out.

  • After the Mustangs were set down in order the home side went to work against Reich.
  • DeClerico reached thanks to a hit batter and Marcelli singled to left, before Wrabel knocked the ball to left plating both men for a 4-1 lead.  Wrabel would be thrown out trying to reach third to end the inning.

  • Kerber was safe with one out on a fielding error by the third baseman, but a DeLong groundout and Kidwiler strikeout kept the score 4-1.
  • Freshman Sam Downs was the second visiting pitcher out of the bullpen and he set the hosts down in order.

  • Stevenson last chance began with a base hit by Moore, and then two batters later a pinch hit single by fellow senior Jonathan Lugo put a pair on with one out.
  • Freshman Will Mesa was grabbed off the bench to for Perkins, however, even though he was safe on the fielder's choice Moore was forced out at third for the second out.
  • Murray would end the game with a groundout to pitcher Tanner Rock. 

  • W: Jake Williams (2-3), L: Tyler Graham (3-2), S: Tanner Rock (1)
  • Graham took the loss lasting four innings allowing two runs on seven hits.
  • Reich and Downs combined for four frames out of the pen surrendering four hits and two runs (one earned).
  • Moore was the only Mustang with multiple hits going 2-4 with the lone RBI.
  • Murray, Lugo, and Perkins accounted for the other visiting hits.
  • Williams earned the win with five innings of three-hit one-run baseball and fanned three batters.
  • Rock picked up the save throwing the final four frames issuing just a pair of hits.
  • Towers, Wrabel, and O'Shea were a combined 6-11 with two runs scored, two RBIs, and a double.

  • Unfortunately for the Mustangs, they fall just short of a berth in the MAC Commonwealth Tournament as they finish tied with Widener, but due to the Pride taking the season series 2-1 they will advance.