March 27 - CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Bethany College baseball team couldn’t overcome a seven-run inning by Thomas More in game one and then had their bats stymied in the second game, as the Saints swept BC 11-7 and 5-1 in a conference twinbill.
The Bison (5-8, 3-5) led for a good portion of game one, as the Green and White opened the contest with three runs in the first inning on an RBI single by senior catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) and a two-run double from freshman CF Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly). Thomas More (11-5, 3-2) used a pair of hit batters to plate two runners in the second, but Bethany put another run on the board in the third when junior DH Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) doubled and scored on an error for a 4-2 Bison lead.
The Saints would take the lead with solo tallies in the third and fourth innings and then used a pair of BC errors to strike for seven runs in the fifth inning to take an 11-4 advantage. Bethany had chances to get back in the game, but couldn’t score after loading the bases with one out in the sixth. The Green and White loaded the bases again in the seventh and scored three times with a Miller single and two walks, but two strikeouts closed the game.
The Bison had seven hits in the opening game, with Miller, Ziants and Zarewicz posting two each. Miller drove in three and Ziants came home for three runs. Five BC hurlers saw time on the mound, with freshman Dan Weller (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) suffering the loss.
Game two was a low-scoring affair until a late TMC surge gave the home team the win. Thomas More scored the first run in the third inning before Bethany squeezed across a run in the top of the fourth. Zarewicz started the inning with a single and went to second on a passed ball. After a single by junior SS Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) moved him to third, Zarewicz scored on a fielder’s choice by Miller to even the score at 1-1.
The game wasn’t tied for long, as Thomas More’s Andrew Thole smacked a leadoff homer in the last of the fourth. The home team would add on one more run in the fourth and a pair in the fifth to take the 5-1 lead. Bethany was unable to mount a rally in the final innings, as they were held to just five singles in the game, two coming off the bat of Zarewicz.
The Bison had five pitchers take the hill again in the second game and they combined to limit the Saints to just six hits. Sophomore Jason Swartzmiller (Weirton, W.Va./Weir) was charged with the loss.
Bethany will take the diamond again Thursday in a non-conference doubleheader at home against Penn State-Beaver at 2 p.m.