April 14 – BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Bethany College baseball team dropped a pair of Presidents’ Athletic Conference contests to Geneva College in a conference doubleheader on Tuesday. The Bison fell 9-1 in game one, before dropping game two by a 3-0 score.
In the first game of the doubleheader the Bison ran into a solid pitching performance by Geneva’s Zach Ackerman, as the Bison were able to plate just one run in a 9-1 decision.
Bethany’s lone run in the contest came in the top of the fourth inning as Chris Koegel (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) got the Bison going with an infield single. Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) then doubled Koegel to third to put runners on second and third with no one out. The next batter was Zach Schlotter (Twinsburg, Ohio/Gilmour Academy), who hit into a RBI groundout, scoring Koegel. The run cut Geneva’s lead to 4-1 after the Golden Tornadoes had scored three runs in the home half of the first, and added another in the bottom of the second.
Geneva then rounded out the scoring in the contest by posting another run in the bottom of the fourth, before tacking on four more in the sixth inning.
Offensively for the Bison in game one, Koegel and Miller each tallied two hits in the contest. The multi-hit performance was the seventh for Koegel in 2015, while Miller posted his tenth, including his fourth in a row.
In game two, the scoring chances were even sparser for both offenses as the pitching staffs worked well. The Bison received a quality start from junior Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe), but ultimately fell 3-0.
Geneva did all of their damage in the first inning, striking for all three runs off of Bisi. The Golden Tornadoes poste four hits in the inning, all of which were singles. The Big hit of the inning was a two-RBI base hit from Donnie Tong which made the score 3-0.
After a rocky first inning, Bisi really settled down on the mound, scattering just three more Geneva hits over the next five innings of work while striking out five. Overall, Bisi pitched the complete game, going 6.0 innings while allowing seven hits and three earned runs. He also struck out six total in the contest.
The Bison will be back in action on Friday, April 17 when they open a three-game set with Waynesburg University. The nine-inning affair with the Yellow Jackets is scheduled to be played in Waynesburg at 4 p.m.