April 6 -BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team suffered a pair of losses Saturday to visiting Thomas More, as the Saints claimed 11-2 and 5-1 triumphs at Bethany Park.
The Bison were forced to come from behind from the outset of game one, as TMC (13-6, 5-3) scored three runs in the first inning, two more in the second and they continued to pull away. Bethany posted its two runs in the seventh inning, with the first coming off a solo homer from sophomore LF Cory Myers (right - Verona, Pa./Plum). The second run was plated on an RBI double by senior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) that knocked in freshman Derek Bozic (Beaver Falls, Pa.), who reached base on a pinch-hit single.
The loss was charged to BC senior right-hander Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward), who fell to 2-2 for the year after throwing the first three and two-thirds innings.
Bethany once again trailed early in the second game, as Thomas More scored one run in the top of the first. The Green and White answered with a tally in the last of the first, as junior 1B Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.) hit a leadoff double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by Myers to even the score at 1-1.
The Saints would regain the lead with a run in the top of the second and then added a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to account for the final margin. Bethany had chances to score throughout the game, but just couldn’t come up with the big hit, as BC stranded nine runners, including two each in the second, third and fourth innings.
By the end of the day, Bethany had eight hits compared to just seven for Thomas More. Picking up two hits each for the Bison were junior RF Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) and sophomore DH Kyle Wales (right - Wellsburg, W.Va./Brooke).
Suffering the loss on the mound was sophomore Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward). He was solid through five innings of work, allowing just three runs, two earned, on four hits with two punch outs and two walks.
The PAC series will conclude Sunday afternoon when Bethany and Thomas More square off in a nine-inning contest at noon.