April 2 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College baseball team was tied with Washington & Jefferson through 4 ½ innings, but the Presidents erupted for 10 runs in the next two frames to pull away for a 15-6 victory Friday evening in Washington in the opening game of their three-game PAC series.
The Bison (9-3, 1-2) and Presidents (8-5, 1-0) swapped runs through the opening four innings. BC struck first when junior CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) drew a walk to open the game, moved to second on a wild pickoff attempt and later scored on a wild pitch. After W&J evened the score with a tally in the second, Bethany went back in front in the third when sophomore catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and raced home on Dillinger’s sacrifice fly.
The Presidents surged in front in the fourth on a two-run double from RF Neil Pascarella, but the Bison answered right back in the fifth when senior DH Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) blasted a leadoff homer to even the score at 3-3. It was the first long ball of the season for Leasure and the 17th of this career, one away from the school’s all-time record of 18 held by Aaron Meadows (2003-06) and Scott Deunger (1998-01).
W&J, the defending PAC champion, seized control of the contest in the bottom of the fifth with five runs. After BC was held scoreless in the sixth, the Presidents plated five more to run their lead to 13-3. Bethany was able to cut into the margin with three runs in the eighth, one coming on a wild pitch and the others coming off a Leasure sacrifice fly and an RBI single by senior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), but W&J completed the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth.
The Bison were led at the plate by Zarewicz, who was 3-for-3 with two doubles, and sophomore RF Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional), who had two singles and scored once.
The loss on the mound was charged to sophomore starter Zach Grayson (McKeesport, Pa./South Allegheny), who dropped to 2-1 after going the first 4 2/3 innings.
The teams will conclude their weekend series with a doubleheader at Bethany Saturday at 1 p.m.