HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Junior Matthew Kerber drove in five runs as the Stevenson University baseball team downed Wesley College 9-7 Saturday afternoon at Ty Cobb Ballpark.
Kerber finished 3-5 with a walk for the Mustangs (3-3). Senior John D'Aquanno had a pair of doubles and finished 3-5 with two runs scored, while sophomore Kevin Murray, Jr. and Jacob Norris each had two hits. Senior Michael Rhodes finished 3-5 at the plate.
Stevenson gave up two runs in the first and second innings to the Wolverines (0-1) do go down 4-0, but pushed across eight runs over the next three innings to build a 8-4 lead.
In the third, the Mustangs had the bases loaded as sophomore Brady Kessler led off with a bunt single, followed by a D'Aquanno double. After Alex Kidwiler walked, Kerber worked a bases-loaded walk to bring in Kessler. After a groundout erased D'Aquanno at the plate, a groundout by senior Billy Small plated Kidwiler.
The Mustangs had the bases loaded in the fourth when a wild pitch allowed Rhodes to score. Kerber gave Stevenson the lead when he doubled to bring in Kessler and D'Aquanno. In the fifth, Kidwiler worked a bases-loaded walk, followed by a two-run single by Kerber.
Stevenson's final run came in the seventh as Norris singled with two out and no one on and after stealing second, scored on a Small single.
Wesley scored in the sixth to make it 8-5 and threatened in the ninth, pushing across two runs and bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs, however, Eric Prachniak induced a groundout to end the threat and pick up a save.
Sophomore Tyler Graham earned the win for the Mustangs, allowing four hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings, striking out two and walking four. Prachniak entered with the bases loaded and no one out in the ninth and earned the save.
Stevenson is slated to play its home opener Wednesday afternoon when it hosts Immaculata at 2:30 pm at Sugar Field.