March 28 - WAYNESBURG, Pa. – In its first game since returning from Florida, the Bethany College baseball team dropped the opening game of its weekend series with Waynesburg, as the Yellow Jackets scored a 5-1 victory over the Bison Thursday afternoon.
In the top of the first, BC put runners on second and third with two outs, but could not score. The Yellow Jackets (8-5, 1-0) posted the initial run of the game in the bottom of the first with a one-out single followed by a double. The home team stretched the lead to 2-0 in the third inning before Bethany plated a run in the fourth. Senior catcher Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on a two-out bunt single from freshman LF Haydon Stanley (right - Wheeling, W.Va./Linsly).
Waynesburg pushed its lead back to two runs when a stolen base and wild pitch aided in another run coming across in the fifth. The Yellow Jackets would tack on solo runs in the seventh and eighth innings to provide a four-run cushion and the Green and White was unable to mount a comeback. They managed to get a runner to second base just once in the final five frames, as Waynesburg’s JJ Paskert threw a complete game and struck out six.
Bethany collected seven hits in the contest, including a pair from junior 1B Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.). Stanley finished the day with a single, RBI and stolen base and junior RF Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) stroked a double for BC’s lone extra base hit.
On the mound for the Bison was junior Zak Kozlowski (right - Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin). He threw the first six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking one.
The Bison are scheduled to be back on the road Friday afternoon with a single nine-inning game at Penn State-Beaver. On Saturday, BC will host Waynesburg at Bethany Park for the final two games of the conference series, as well as Bethany’s first home contests of the season.