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BETHANY GAINS FIRST PAC WIN WITH SPLIT AT WESTMINSTER
April 18 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany baseball team broke into the win column in PAC play Saturday by splitting a doubleheader at Westminster, as the Bison took game one 6-4 before falling 7-4 in the second.
The Bison (2-22, 1-13) built up a 4-0 advantage in the opening contest and held off a late Titan rally for the win. Sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) and sophomore 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) both singled in the first inning and moved up on a wild pitch. Junior DH Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) singled in Dillinger and an error allowed Fudala to score to make it a 2-0 BC lead.
Bethany pushed solo runs across in the third and fourth innings to build their four-run cushion. Leasure slapped another RBI single in the third to score Dillinger and Fudala walked with the bases loaded in the fourth. Westminster, aided by one error and three hit batters, scored twice in the fifth, but a pair of Titan errors in the top of the sixth allowed the Bison to get one back and hold a 5-2 lead.
The hosts put another rally together in the last of the sixth. After scoring twice, they had a runner on third with one out. Freshman reliever Bryce Patterson (McKeesport, Pa.) induced a foul pop up for the second out, but then hit the next batter. After he stole second to put the go-ahead run in scoring position, Patterson closed down the threat with a strike out and the Bison held a one-run lead entering the seventh.
BC gave themselves a little breathing room in the seventh when freshman 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) roped an RBI single to expand their lead to 6-4. Senior Scott Fraley (New Salem, Pa./Brownsville) came in to close things out for the Bison, but two one-out singles by Westminster brought the winning run to the plate. Fraley would settle down to get the last two hitters to fly out to right and ground out to shortstop and earn his first save of the season.
Freshman T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) earned the win to even his record at 1-1. He threw the first four and a third innings and gave up two runs on three hits. His main support offensively came from Dillinger, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, freshman SS Chad Stephen (Barnesville, Ohio), who had two singles and scored once, and Leasure, who finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Game two saw the Bison jump in front again, as sophomore RF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) stroked a two-out, two-run double that scored freshman 3B Anthony Packer (Rover Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) and Leasure. Westminster answered right back this time, scoring three times in the bottom of the first, then adding one in the second frame and putting three more on the board in the fourth for a 7-2 lead.
After their action in the first, the Bison bats were held in check until the sixth. Freshman catcher Alejandro Texiera (Miami, Fla./Homestead) smacked an RBI single to score Stephen and a Westminster error allowed Tieman to score to trim the Titan lead to 7-4. However, Bethany would go down in order in the seventh to close out the contest.
The Bison outhit Westminster in game two 9-8, with Pegg (2-3, one double, two RBIs) and Tieman (2-3, one run) leading the way, but BC’s hopes were thwarted by hitting into three double plays.
The series between the Bison and Titans will close out Sunday when the teams square off at 1 p.m. in Bethany Park for one nine-inning tilt.