Baseball aims for strong season

Stevenson University’s baseball team is in the midst of its spring season with a 6-3 record as of March 14.

Sophomore Thomas Holcomb takes the plate in their game against MCLA. (Photo by Brett Adams)

The Mustangs were on a three-game winning streak after losing 3-2 to Rowan University on March 11 in a tight game.

The Profs had an early lead, going 3-0 against the Mustangs in the first inning. Juniors Alex Kidwiler and Kevin Murray Jr. were the only two players who scored during the game.

On Feb. 26, Kidwiler was named to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week for the week of Feb. 11-17. According to gomustangsports.com, Kidwiler had a batting average of .571, scored two homes runs, and had a .667 on-base percentage, which helped the Mustangs beat Gallaudet University and Marymount University during the Bison Baseball Classic hosted by Gallaudet.

Prior to their loss, the Mustangs were on a three-game winning streak after beating Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts (MCLA) in a three-game series, winning 7-4 in the first game, a tight 1-0 second game, and a dominant 11-1 win to wrap up the series.

The weather and field conditions were the main issues for the Mustangs during the week of March 4-9. The team was forced to cancel a game against McDaniel College,  and postponed a game against Gettysburg College that has been rescheduled for March 26 and postponed a double-header against Cabrini College.

SEASON EXPECTATIONS

After going .500 and just missing playoffs last season, the Mustangs are ready to finish the 2019 season with a strong record and the potential of making the playoffs.

Junior outfielder Kevin Murray Jr. looks one over during the Mustangs’ game against MCLA. (Photo by Brett Adams)

Head coach Dave Gage enters his second year with the team. “We have an energetic and passionate team this year. Our group of guys really value being around each other and the time we get to play baseball,” he said.

Gage believes the key to a successful season this spring is for the team to “stay selfless,” he added. “We can achieve special things if our guys remain committed to each other.”

The coach explained in the 2019 spring preview on gomustangsports.com that the goal for this year is to shift the team to being more defensive.

The season preview added that a quality pitching staff will help the team to become more defensive, with senior James Weirkinski leading the pitching team as the 2018 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Pitcher of the Year.

“I think he is one of the best pitchers in the country at the DIII level). He has an electric fastball and, when in command in the zone, is hard to hit,” Gage said in the spring preview.

Although the focus this year is on defense, the team’s offense is strong with four big hitters each batting at least .290: senior Matthew Kerber, and juniors Murray Jr., Kidwiler and Mark Terrell.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Mustangs will continue the spring season with their first three-series conference games against Hood College March 15-16. Following the series against the Blazers, the Mustangs will go on a spring break trip to Florida to play in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.

During the invitational, the Mustangs will face Bard University on March 19, Clarkson University on March 20 and an in-conference three-series game against Albright College March 22 and 23.

For more information about the Stevenson University’s baseball team, visit gomustangsports.com.

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