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BETHANY LOSES SERIES OPENER AT WESTMINSTER
April 23 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College baseball team opened its three-game PAC series at Westminster Friday with a 10-6 loss in New Wilmington, which dropped the Bison’s record to 17-13 overall and 4-9 in the PAC.
Bethany grabbed the lead in the first inning when back-to-back two-out singles by sophomore 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) and freshman 3B Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) was followed by a Titan error, allowing Tieman to score. The margin grew to 4-0 BC in the second when junior CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) singled in a run and Tieman smacked a two-run double.
Westminster (9-20, 5-8) jumped right back into the game in the third inning with four runs to draw even with the Bison, then used a pair of leadoff walks and five hits in the fourth inning to score six times and grab a 10-4 advantage. Titan LF Kyle Allen ripped two-run doubles in both innings to spark the home team’s attack.
The Bison tried to chip away at the Westminster lead through the rest of the game, but only managed a pair of scores. In the fifth, an RBI ground out by junior RF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) scored Tieman. The final tally came in the seventh when junior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) singled, moved to second on a ground out and was chased home on Pegg’s RBI single. Bethany was unable to mount a threat in the final two frames, as they were retired in order and Westminster came away with the victory.
With the bats, Tieman led BC’s 10-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two run scored, while Pegg had a pair of hits and two RBIs in the contest. The loss on the mound went to sophomore T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills), who fell to 5-4 on the year after throwing the first 3 1/3 innings.
Bethany will try to take the series Saturday when they host the Titans in a doubleheader at Bethany Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.