Schreiner University kicked off its baseball season with a doubleheader against visiting Stevenson University of Owings Mills, Maryland, and it was a near miss for the host Mountaineers.
Schreiner lost the first game 13-11, but the second game apparently never finished and ended with Schreiner leading 9-8 in the top of the ninth. There has not been an explanation to the outcome of the game, which saw Stevenson with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
However, Stevenson held a 13-6 lead in the first game until the Mountaineers answered with five runs in the eighth inning. Leftfielder Devin Hooper's three-run triple helped power the Mountaineers rally in the inning. Hooper was 2-for-4 on the day, with four RBI. Hooper hit a solo home run in the fifth inning.
The Mountaineers got solo home runs from Isiah Hernandez and Will Vogt, who finished the day 3-for-5.
Jet Muniz makes contact with a ball on Saturday against Stevenson University.
Schreiner wasn't helped by its defense, committing three errors. The pitching buckled down after giving up six runs in the fifth inning. After that, Schreiner's Justin Gallegos kept Stevenson mostly in check, striking out three and allowing four hits, including a home run.
In the second game, Stevenson chased Schreiner starter Garrett Landin after two innings, giving up five runs. Reliever Fito Mendez pitched six and two-thirds innings, striking out six and giving up three runs.
Trailing 8-4, the Mountaineers roared back in the bottom of the seventh inning with five runs. Designated hitter Gerardo Cardoza delivered his second triple of the game, but it plated two runs this time. Cardoza was 3-for-5 on the night.
The Mountaineers return to action Sunday at noon to finish the series with Stevenson.