April 20 - GROVE CITY, Pa. – Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit and juniors Dominic Controguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison) and Tanner Werkmann (Germantown, Md./Poolesville) drove in two runs each to lead the Bethany College baseball team to a 10-4 victory at Grove City in game two of their PAC doubleheader Saturday.
That outcome gave the teams a split of their two games, as the Wolverines claimed a 5-0 victory in the opening contest.
The Bison (7-18, 5-13) took the lead in the first inning of the second game with an RBI single by Werkmann, but GCC answered with three in the bottom of the first. Bethany responded with four runs in the second inning, with two coming off a single by Controguerra. The other runs were brought in on a double by senior Brad Kubis (right - Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) and a sacrifice fly by Werkmann.
Bethany’s lead swelled to 10-3 in the fifth inning with five more runs. A pair of Grove City errors helped pave the way, with the only RBI of the frame coming on a single by sophomore Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly). That provided more than enough cushion for the BC pitchers. Senior Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) started and went four innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Freshman Joe Hoffman (right - Allison Park, Pa./Deer Lakes) went the final three innings and gave up one run on two hits for his first collegiate save.
In game one, Bethany outhit the Wolverines 3-2, but seven walks damaged BC’s hopes in a 5-0 loss. Neither team had a hit until the third inning when Bethany junior Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.) singled with two outs. Bison sophomore pitcher Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) had a no-hitter for four and two-third innings before a single broke it up. That hit, coupled with four walks, helped GCC push two runs across for a 2-0 lead.
Bethany threatened to score in the sixth by loading the bases with one out, but a strike out and fielder’s choice ended the inning. Grove City then struck for three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, with all the runs being unearned due to two Bison errors.
The Bison were limited to just three hits, which were singles from Edmiston, Controguerra and Kubis. Meier was shouldered with the loss after going five and a third innings and allowing four runs, two earned, on one hit with five strikeouts and seven walks.
The teams will complete the conference series Monday afternoon with a nine-inning game at 4 p.m. in Bethany Park.