BETHANY’S GRAYSON THROWS SHUTOUT IN WIN OVER EARLHAM
March 16 - FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Bethany College senior Zac Grayson (McKeesport, Pa./South Allegheny) threw his first career shutout Wednesday in a 4-0 Bison blanking of Earlham (Ind.) College in Fort Pierce, Fla.
In the second inning, Bethany (3-1) grabbed the lead with a clutch hit. With one out, senior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and junior catcher TJ Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) drew walks and then moved up a base on a ground out. Junior 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) delivered a two-out single to center that scored both runners and moved BC into the lead 2-0.
The margin grew to 3-0 in the third inning, as the Bison took advantage of one of four Quaker miscues. With one out, junior RF Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) reached on an error and came all the way around to score when sophomore 3B Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) hammered a double to deep left.
The final run of the game came in the sixth inning and was created with two outs. After the first two batters were retired, senior CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) beat out a bunt single and stole second. Junior DH Alex Evans (Washington, Pa.) followed with a walk and Packer then roped an RBI single to right-center field to bring in Dillinger and swell the Bethany cushion to 4-0.
From there, it was all Grayson for the Bison. He retired the side in order only once, which in the first frame, but allowed just one runner to advance to third base all day. Grayson let his defense do a lot of the work, as double plays in the second, fourth and seventh innings thwarted possible Quaker scoring chances.
In the eighth, a two-out walk and single put runners on the corners, but Grayson induced a fly out to right to escape trouble. Then in the ninth, Grayson recovered from a one-out walk to get a fly ball to left and completed his first shutout with a called third strike for his second punchout of the day, as he earned his first win of the season.
Bethany managed seven hits in the game, with Kubis providing the only extra-base hit of the afternoon. Fudala reached base twice on walks and also scored a run.
The Bison will return to action tomorrow with a single game against Hilbert at 2 p.m.