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Bethany Loses Pair to Pitt-Greensburg in Final Home Games

April 30 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team completed its home schedule Tuesday by hosting Pitt-Greensburg, who used strong pitching to down the Bison 4-1 and 7-2.

The Bobcats (15-21) scored the initial run in the first game on a sacrifice fly in the third inning and then a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth put the visitors on top 3-0. Bethany scored its run in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore Cory Myers (Verona, Pa./Plum) led off with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.).

The game went to the seventh inning with UPG up by two and then a Bethany error opened the door for the visitors to add another run to their total. The Bison put a runner on the seventh when Myers singled, but a strikeout and fielder’s choice gave the win to Pitt-Greensburg.

Myers led the Bison with his two singles and sophomore Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) stroked a double. Sophomore Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) was the starter in game one and took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and striking out four in four and two-thirds innings of work.

More Bethany miscues aided Pitt-Greensburg early in the nightcap. Two Bison errors were part of a three-run third inning for the Bobcats. They would score one in the fourth and two more in the fifth to build a 6-0 lead before BC dented the scoreboard. After the first two batters were retired in the bottom of the fifth, a single and walk were followed by RBI singles by junior Jordan Ault (Jeannette, Pa.) and Edmiston to trim the Bison deficit to 6-2.

The Green and White would not get any closer after that. Another error in the seventh inning helped Greensburg plate another run and Bethany stranded a pair of runners in the seventh to complete the game. The Bison were held to just four hits, with Myers accounting for a single and run scored. Freshman Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe), who threw seven shutout innings against Pitt-Greensburg back on April 9, worked through five on Tuesday and gave up six runs, three earned, on seven hits in suffering the loss.

The teams will be back on the diamond against each other on Wednesday as Bethany travels to Greensburg for a nine-inning tilt at 4 p.m.