Bethany Rallies Late to Take 2-1 Win Over Grove City
April 22 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After being shut out for seven innings, the Bethany College baseball team took advantage of an error to score the tying run and senior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, as the Bison rallied for a 2-1 victory over visiting Grove City Monday afternoon.
The victory was BC’s third in their last four games and gave the Bison (8-18, 6-13) the series win over the Wolverines (4-15, 3-10).
The first six innings was a pitcher’s duel between Bethany junior Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) and Grove City’s Max Vickerman. After the Wolverines had four hits in the first two innings, Kozlowski retired 13 straight and didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning. The Bison did manage a couple chances against Vickerman, but double plays in the third and fourth innings ended the opportunities and the game remained scoreless.
The first run of the day came in the seventh inning, as Grove City had a two-out single, stolen base and another single to take a 1-0 lead. The Bison stranded a runner at third in the seventh but went to work right away for the winning rally in the eighth. Junior SS Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) stroked a leadoff double and took third on a fly out. Junior 2B Dominic Controguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison) followed with a fly ball to left that was misplayed. He was credited with an RBI on the play and ended up on the third due to a throwing error on the play as well.
Kubis (right) then stepped in the box and dropped an RBI single to right field to chase home Controguerra and BC had its first lead of the day. Kubis then took the mound in the ninth inning and retired the Wolverines in order to pick up his third save of the game. Freshman Joe Giles (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox) grabbed the win after he threw a scoreless eighth inning. Kozlowski took a no-decision after he went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits and struck out five.
Kubis led the Bison bats with a pair of hits, while junior LF Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) also had two singles.
Bethany will be back on the field Tuesday afternoon with a non-conference doubleheader at home against Muskingum at 2 p.m.