April 6 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Washington & Jefferson totaled 19 hits in claiming a 14-6 victory over the Bethany College baseball team Friday afternoon in the opening game of the three-game PAC series between the teams.
Each team used wildness from the other’s starting pitcher to score in the second inning. Bison junior starter Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) hit two batters to load the bases and the Presidents (15-2, 6-1) struck for two runs with a ground out and a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the second, two walks by W&J’s David Trushel, including one with the bases loaded to sophomore SS Dominic Contraguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison), keyed a four-run rally. Freshman Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) brought in one with a fielder’s choice and senior 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) singled in one as well to put BC in front 4-2.
In the top of the third, a pair of Bethany errors opened the door for the Presidents to score three runs, all coming with two outs. After W&J added to its lead with a pair of runs in the fourth, Bethany (7-13, 4-9) clipped one off their deficit. Tieman reached on an error, stole second and then stole third. On the throw to the third, the ball got away and Tieman came home to make it a 7-5 W&J lead.
Bethany’s hopes for a comeback did not materialize because the Presidents padded their lead with three runs in the sixth and two runs in both the seventh and eighth frames. The Bison would close the scoring on an RBI double by freshman CF Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly). Both Miller and Tieman finished the game 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Styche was charged with the loss and throwing the first five and two-thirds innings.
The teams will complete the series Saturday in Washington with a doubleheader that will begin at 1 p.m.