April 10 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson scored eight runs in the middle three innings to pull away for a 9-3 victory Sunday afternoon over the Bethany College baseball team in the final game of the three-game series between the teams.
The Bison (8-9, 3-7) put a runner on base in the first and second innings, but a caught stealing and a double play short-circuited any potential rally. The Presidents (7-10, 3-1), who took two out of three in the series, struck for their first run in the third innings and plated three more in the fourth, including a pair on a two-run homer by Zach McMonagle following a Bison error.
Bethany scored a run in the fourth when junior RF Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) doubled and scored on an RBI single from freshman DH Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward). After W&J scored a pair in the fifth, the Bison scored their second run. Senior LF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) singled and came all the way around on Packer’s second double of the game.
The Presidents responded with another three runs in the last of the sixth to extend their advantage to 9-2. Bethany closed out the scoring in the ninth when senior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands), who singled to lead off the inning, came home on a ground out by senior CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.).
The Bison amassed 11 hits in the setback, including two each for Packer, Wassel, Pegg and Fudala. The loss was charged to senior Zac Grayson (McKeesport, Pa./South Allegheny), who started and threw four innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits.
Next up for Bethany is a doubleheader at Grove City Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.