ANNVILLE, Pa. - After finishing the 2019 campaign at .500 for the second consecutive season the Stevenson University baseball team placed five players on the MAC Commonwealth All-Conference baseball team as announced by the league office on Thursday morning.
Juniors Alex Kidwiler and Kevin Murray Jr. received First Team honors. Seniors James Wiercinski and Matthew Kerber were named to the Second Team, while classmate Jordan Moore was tabbed as Honorable Mention.
Kidwiler was a mainstay in the Mustangs lineup playing in all 40 games hitting .323. His 29 runs batted in, six home runs, and one triple were tops on the team. In the field, he recorded a career-high 85 assists and helped out on seven double plays. Against conference foe Widener from March 29-30 he totaled four hits, four RBIs, and a pair of runs scored to go along with six defensive assists.
Murray who appeared in 38 of the teams 40 games posted career highs in batting average (.382) and on-base percentage (.485) also led the side in hits with 52, runs scored (38) and walks (24). He ranks in the Top 10 of the conference in all of the above-mentioned subjects. On the year he totaled 18 multi-hit games which included a 5-10 conference series in late March against Albright where he had four runs scored, two RBIs, and a pair of walks. Defensively he was strong as well with 94 putouts and a .942 fielding percentage.
Kerber received his second all-conference honors after being selected as Honorable Mention in 2017, hit .331 going 42-127 at the plate in the 35 contests he played in. On the year he totaled a team-high 20 stolen bases in addition to scoring 23 runs, 14 runs batted in and drew 13 free passes. Kerber also had a ten-game hitting streak that stretched from March 15 against Hood College to March 30 the middle game of the conference series with Widener. The first baseman paced the squad in the field with a team-best 243 putouts which also was the most in the conference.
Wiercinski for the second consecutive season made the all-conference team, a year after being named to First Team and MAC Commonwealth Pitcher of the Year. His 58.1 innings pitched were a team-high. He also led Stevenson in strikeouts (75), wins (5), and complete games (2). Within the conference Wiercinski was the leader in strikeouts while finishing top three in wins, innings pitched, and complete games. Wiercinski hurled a season-best 13 strikeouts in his third start of the season against Immaculata University on February 28 at Sugar Field.
Moore saw action in all but one game on the season playing in 39 of 40. On the year he hit 45-132 for a .341 batting average racking up 21 RBIs, 20 runs scored, 15 base on balls, team-high 11 doubles, and two home runs. As the primary catcher for the Mustangs, he threw out nine would-be base runners to rank second in the conference. In the series with Widener, he went 6-13 at the dish with three RBIs, two doubles and a run scored, also gunned down 3-7 potential base stealers.
Stevenson who saw their 2019 come to an with a loss to Lebanon Valley finished 20-20 overall and 10-11 in MAC Commonwealth play will have two of their all-conference selections returning for the 2020 season. Under the direction of second-year head coach Dave Gage, the Mustangs have gone .500 in consecutive season and will be looking to make their first conference tournament appearance since 2016 next year.