April 27 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – After falling in a classic pitcher’s duel in game one, the Bethany College baseball team rallied from an early three-run deficit to pull out a 5-4 triumph in the second game and take a split of the PAC twinbill Saturday at Geneva.
In the opener, a weary BC pitching staff turned to senior closer Brad Kubis (right - Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) to lock horns with Geneva ace Mike Jeffreys. The two then went eight innings swapping zeroes and strikeouts. Jeffreys, who entered the game with 100 Ks and an ERA under 2.00, was stellar by allowing just three hits and striking out 14. Kubis matched him inning for inning, as he allowed eight hits, but struck out nine to hold down Geneva.
The stellar pitching continued after the starters left. The Golden Tornadoes put in Tanner Propst and he fired five more shutout frames. Bethany brought in freshman Joe Giles (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox), who blanked the GTs on two hits in his first four innings. Then with two outs in the 13th, Geneva ended the marathon with a single and double to plate the winning run.
It didn’t take nearly as long for the scoreboard to light up in the second game, as Geneva struck for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Bethany pushed its first run of the day across in the third inning when junior Jordan Ault (Jeannette, Pa.) singled with one out and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The Bison would tie the score in the fourth when junior Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.) singled in a run and then he later came home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3.
The contest remained even until the seventh inning. Following a leadoff single by Kubis and a sacrifice bunt, junior Dylan Wassel (right - Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) singled and advanced to second on the throw. A single by sophomore Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) then singled to drive in Kubis and Wassel and push BC to a 5-3 lead.
The extra run proved pivotal, as Geneva managed to score one in the last of the seventh. The home team had the tying run on second base with one out, but freshman Joe Hoffman (Allison Park, Pa./Deer Lakes) finished the game with a fly out and punchout to notch his second save of the year. He preserved the win for junior Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who recovered from the tough first inning to throw six and a third innings and strike out six to earn his third win of the season.
The Bison offense was sparked by six hits and six walks. Kubis and Miller both had two hits in the game and Wassel, who had three hits in the opening game, was 1-for-2 with a run scored and two walks in the nightcap.
Bethany has completed its PAC schedule and will close out the season this week with non-conference doubleheaders at home against Pitt-Greensburg Tuesday at 2 p.m. and at Penn State Behrend Saturday.