March 5 - MLAX vs. Franciscan (W, 15-9); March 8 - BASE at W&J (DH 1 PM), MLAX vs. Defiance (1 PM), MBB vs. Juniata (5:30 PM)/Hood vs. Waynesburg (7:30 PM), March 9 - ECAC SW Championship (2 PM)
BETHANY’S KUBIS SETS SAVES RECORD IN BISON SPLIT WITH W&J
April 9 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College sophomore Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) broke the school’s career saves record as he nailed down the Bison’s 4-1 victory in game one of Saturday’s twinbill against Washington & Jefferson Saturday.
The Presidents recovered to take game two by an 8-2 count, as seven BC errors led to six unearned runs. Bethany now stands at 8-8 overall and 3-6 in the league, while W&J is 6-10 and 2-1 in the league.
Kubis’ effort in the first game capped off a stellar pitching performance from the Bison. Senior Mike Muklewicz (Bridgeport, Ohio) started and threw five and two-thirds innings. He held the Presidents to one run on seven hits during his stint to improve his record to 1-3. He was lifted with runners on first and second and two outs in the sixth for senior Adam Nyswaner (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette), who needed two pitches to induce an inning-ending ground out.
In the seventh, Kubis started the frame with a punchout and retired the next two batters on a fly out and tapper back to the mound to close out the record-breaking save. It was his fourth of the year and 16th of his career, which surpassed the previous mark of 15 saves set by Ian Edwards from 2003-06.
On offense, Bethany opened the scoring with a run in the first when senior CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) drew a leadoff walk, took second on a ground out and scored on a bad-hop single by junior catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills). Zarewicz finished the game with two hits, one RBI and one run scored, while senior LF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) also had a pair of hits and scored once.
In the fourth inning, the Bison pieced together three runs to take a 4-0 lead. Senior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and freshman DH Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) hit RBI singles and junior RF Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) lofted a sacrifice fly that gave BC a four-run cushion, which allowed them to hold off the Presidents even when they managed a run in the fifth inning.
In the nightcap, sloppy Bethany defense doomed their hopes for a sweep. A pair of miscues in the second opened the door for three W&J runs, but the Bison fought back with two in the bottom of the second. Freshman 3B Anthonie Farrar (Carmichaels, Pa.) hammered an RBI double and he came home when Packer ripped a double to right-center.
The teams swapped zeroes on the scoreboard until more Bethany mistakes sparked a four-run W&J rally in the sixth. Two of the runs were unearned, as two BC errors kept the inning alive. The last of Bethany’s seven errors came in the seventh inning and allowed the Presidents to score one more time and complete the 8-2 win.
The loss went to sophomore starter Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who allowed seven runs, two earned, on six hits and struck out five in his five and a third innings of work. The Bethany bats were held to just four hits, two coming from Farrar.
Bethany and W&J will complete their series Sunday afternoon with a single, nine-inning game at 1 p.m. on the Presidents’ home field.