April 15 – BETHANY, W. Va. - Bison softball pitching ace, junior Kelsey Bish (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) and tennis athlete, junior Dylan Schooley (Washington, Pa./Trinity), have been named the Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Week, announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.
Bish was a big reason for the Bison's 4-4 week last week. She has become the ace of the Bison squad, as she pitched 34.0 innings over six appearances last week. Over the past week, Bish posted a 3-1 record against conference opponents, which included picking up two wins in a doubleheader sweep of Thiel College on Saturday. In the sweep, Bish pitched 13 innings, registering two complete games and allowing just one earned run. Bish allowed just 26 hits while striking out 22 batters over the span of the week. In five of the six appearances on the week, she allowed just one run or fewer.
On the year, she has a 3.46 ERA, striking out 59 batters in just 80.2 innings of work. Already posting 10 complete games on the season, Bish has six wins, including two shutouts. She has also done a great job neutralizing the opposing offense, as opponents only bat .229 off of her.
Schooley was the catalyst for the Bison in three PAC matches last week. Schooley registered five victories on the week, including two doubles matches, and all three of his singles contests. In the first match, a 7-2 loss to Westminster, Schooley defeated the Titans' Mark Zalakar (6-3, 6-3). In a win over the Thiel, Schooley dominated, not dropping a set, as he and partner Marcus Hooks (Stamford, Conn./Brien McMahon) won 8-0 at No. 3 doubles, and he registered a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles. In the final contest of the week, a 6-3 loss to Thomas More, Schooley once again swept, taking No. 3 doubles, 8-5, before notching a singles victory (6-3, 6-1). He has now won four-straight singles matches, the longest streak by a Bison since Dustin Maiolo won five in a row in 2012.
On the year, he has notched five wins at sixth singles, while picking up four No. 3 doubles wins for the Bison. His best outing came last week as he swept both No. 6 singles and No. 3 singles against Thiel on April 9.
Other nominees on the women’s side included track and field athletes, senior Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes) and sophomore Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), as well as softball player, freshman Sarah Coss (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara). The other men included senior golfer, Ryan Vassil (Clarks Summit, Pa/Abington Heights), track and field athlete, sophomore Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon), lacrosse standout, sophomore Grant Delaney (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) and third baseman, freshman Zack Miller (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin).