March 15 - FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Bethany College baseball team fell to 1-4 on the season with a pair of losses Thursday in Florida to Delaware Valley. That leaves the Bison with only one more game on its spring break trip, which will be Friday at 12:30 p.m. against Rutgers-Camden.
The Aggies took the first game 14-4 and made it a sweep with a 16-0 triumph in the nightcap. Del Valley scored once in the first inning of game one, but BC responded with four runs in the second. Freshman CF Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) and sophomore 3B Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) had RBI singles wrapped around a throwing error that allowed two runs to score and the Green and White had a 4-1 lead.
The rest of the scoring would be turned in by the Aggies, who put together two doubles and a triple to score three times in the bottom of the second. Sloppy Bethany defense cleared the way for Del Valley to take the lead, as one error in the third helped score two runs and the Aggies added another in the fourth without a hit after a BC throwing error allowed the run to score that made it 7-4 after four innings.
The game was put out of reach with two Del Valley tallies in the fifth and five more in the sixth. Freshman Tyler Kurtz (Jerusalem, Ohio/Barnesville) suffered the loss on the mound after starting and throwing the first four and a third innings. Bethany’s offense managed six hits in the contest, with Leto and Miller both posting the RBI singles.
Game two was controlled by the Aggies from the outset, as they scored once in the first and five times in the second and third frames. Bethany was unable to take advantage of opportunities, as they stranded 11 base runners in the loss. Leto had another productive day at the top of the line-up, going 2-for-3 with a walk and senior catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) clubbed a double.
Freshman pitcher Will Clarkson (Huntingdon , Pa.) took the loss in his first career start.