April 28 – BETHANY, W. Va. – Playing in their final non-conference doubleheader of the 2015 season, the Bethany College baseball team split a pair of games with Pitt-Greensburg on Tuesday afternoon at Bethany Field. The Green & White grabbed a 7-2 win in game one, before falling 12-7 in game two.
In the first contest, Bison starting pitcher Joe Giles (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox) got the Green & White off on the right foot. Giles held the Bobcat bats in check over the first four innings, allowing just four hits and a run through four. In that time, the Bison offense got going, scoring runs in the first three frames.
In the first inning, senior Zac Edmiston (California, Pa./California) reached on an error and was quickly moved to third base on a double from freshman Ryan Nickerson (Huntington Beach, Cali./Huntington Beach). The next batter was Zach Schlotter (Twinsburg, Ohio/Gilmour Academy), who grounded out to second base, scoring Edmiston to give the Bison a 1-0 lead.
Bethany would pile the runs on in the second and third innings, combining for three scores in the next two frames. In the second inning, Ethan Tobin posted the first RBI, singling home Andrew Gilliland (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) who reached on an error. Two batters later, Edmiston was involved again, doubling home Tobin to give the Green & White a 3-0 advantage.
In the third inning, Nickerson led off the frame with a single and was moved to second on a fielders’ choice. Senior Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) then singled home Nickerson to expand the lead to 4-0.
The Bobcats would respond in the game, scoring singular runs in both the fourth and sixth innings before the Bison put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the sixth.
Tobin tallied his second hit of the game to lead off the sixth inning. With runners on second and third, junior Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) posted a pinch-hit two-run double, scoring both Zack Miller (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) and Tobin. Miller then drove in his second run of the game, singling home Bisi to round out the scoring at 7-2.
Bison senior pitcher Harrison Rightmyer (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson) slammed the door on the Bobcats in both the sixth and seventh innings, throwing two full innings of work, allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out one.
Offensively, Bisi and Miller both posted two RBI while Miller, Tobin and Nickerson all posted two hits, each.
In game two, Pitt Greensburg jumped all over Bison pitching in the first inning, tallying five runs without recording an out in the opening frame. The Bobcats used six hits, all singles, to post their five runs, taking a 5-0 lead after one.
The Bison would find a little two-out lighting as they struck for four hits and three runs with two outs in the bottom of the second. Zack Miller picked up the first hit of the inning, singling to left field. After an error by the Bobcats, Tobin singled, scoring both Miller and Luke Flaus to cut the lead to 5-2. The next batter was Adam Becker (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) who notched a RBI single to left to inch the Bison closer at 5-3.
Pitt Greensburg would respond, striking for seven total runs between the fourth and sixth innings. The Bobcats tallied three runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and three more in the sixth. Bethany would respond with two runs in the fifth on RBI from Nickerson and Bisi. However, the Bison still found themselves down 12-5 after six innings.
The Green & White would get two more runs in the home half of the seventh, which included a RBI hit from Luke Flaus, scoring Bisi to cut the deficit to 12-7. That, however, is as close as the Bison would get as they fell by a 12-7 score in game two.
Offensively, four different Bison notched two hits in the game, including Edmiston, Derek Miller, Flaus and Becker. Tobin posted two RBI in the contest while Becker, Flaus, Bisi and Nickerson all drove in a run.
The Green & White will be back in action on Friday, May 1 when they open a three-game conference series with Grove City College. The nine-inning contest at Bethany Field is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.