STEVENSON, Md. – The Stevenson University baseball team salvaged a split of a MAC Commonwealth doubleheader with Widener University Sunday, holding off the Pride for a 7-5 win in the nightcap after falling 3-1 in the opener at Sugar Field. The Mustangs batted as the road teams in both games as the twinbill was originally scheduled to be played at Widener.
In game two, Stevenson (15-15, 6-6 MAC Commonwealth) did all its damage in the first three innings, scoring three times in the first, three in the second and one in the fourth to open a 7-1 lead. In the first, senior Ian Eberly opened the game by reaching on a bunt single, then scored on a double by classmate Craig Joseph. Senior Matt Myers made it 3-0 when his triple to the gap in right-center scored Joseph and sophomore Jake Hall, who reached on a two-out walk.
Widener (15-11, 8-4 MAC Commonwealth) got a run back in the bottom of the first before the Mustangs took a 6-1 lead in the second on a three-run home run by Joseph that cleared the batter's eye in center. The blast, Joseph's third of the season, plated sophomore Jake Dimon and freshman Connor Wasilnak.
Freshman Matthew Kerber knocked in Stevenson's other run in the fourth on a bloop to shallow center that brought in Eberly after Eberly tripled with one out. The Pride threatened in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with one out, but senior Michael Remeikis came in in relief of freshman James Wiercinski and induced a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam.
Widener scored twice in the fifth and got the tying run into scoring position in the seventh after cutting the lead to 7-5. The bases were loaded with two outs when Myers, who came in from second base to relieve Remeikis, induced a flyout to center to end the ballgame.
Eberley, Joseph and Myers each had two hits in the nightcap as both teams had 10 hits in the contest. Remeikis earned the win in relief, going three innings and allowing four runs (three earned) while Myers picked up his first save of the season. Wiercinski allowed four hits and one run in his 3.1 innings, striking out two and walking three.
In the opener, the Mustangs did manage to muster a run in the top of the seventh after being stymied to that point by Widener's Josh Lafferty. Lafferty retired the first 12 Stevenson batters before junior Kevin Kopas opened the fifth with a single to left and allowed just four hits in a complete-game victory while striking out eight.
In the seventh, Kerber opened the inning with a pinch-hit bunt single, just Stevenson's second hit of the game to that point. After moving to second when Joseph walked and to third on a groundout, Kerber scored on a single to center by senior Nick Peifer. A Myers single followed to move the tying run into scoring position with one out, but a popup and a ground out ended the game.
Widener broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run single by Brennan Taylor, then made it 3-0 in the fifth.
Freshman Christopher Perez took the loss on the hill for Stevenson, his first of the season. He allowed five hits and three runs in 4.2 innings of work, striking out three and walking three. Freshman Jason Bidwell worked the final 1.1 innings, surrendering one hit and striking out a pair.
Stevenson steps out of conference for the final time in the regular season Tuesday when it travels to No. 11 Salisbury for a 3:30 contest.