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BETHANY SUFFERS FIRST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON
March 18 - FT. PIERCE, Fla. – Mount St. Vincent scored five runs in each of the first two innings and went on to a 12-2 victory over the Bethany College baseball team Thursday in Ft. Pierce, Fla., the first loss of the year for the Bison (4-1).
The Dolphins (4-8) took advantage of two walks, two hit batsmen and one error to score five runs in the opening frame. Bethany managed to get a run back in the last of the first, as junior CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) drew a leadoff walk and would eventually score on a bases-loaded ground out by sophomore 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby).
Unfortunately for Bethany, the second inning looked a lot like the first, as they committed two errors and MSV drew two walks and had two batters hit by pitches to help fuel another five-run outburst that swelled their lead to 10-1. The Bison shaved one run off the deficit in the fourth when senior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) singled with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Dillinger singled to center.
That would be it for the BC offense, as they were unable to capitalize on any other chances and left 14 men on base. One major bright spot for the rest of the game came in freshman pitcher Zach Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin). He entered in the second inning for freshman starter Ryan Styche (Beuna Vista. Pa./Elizabeth Forward), and threw 6 1/3 strong innings in relief. He gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and struck out nine, including five of the last six batters he faced.
Bethany will close out their Florida trip tomorrow against Delaware Valley at 9:30 a.m. It was scheduled to be a doubleheader but has been reduced to just one, nine-inning contest.