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BETHANY’S SEASON COMES TO AN END WITH LOSSES AT THIEL
May 5 - GREENVILLE, Pa. –Two big innings, including a seven-run sixth inning in game one and a six-run fifth inning in game two, helped propel Thiel to a sweep of a PAC doubleheader Saturday afternoon over the Bethany College baseball team by scores of 11-0 and 9-7.
The game one loss, coupled with a 4-3 Saint Vincent victory over Grove City, eliminated the Bison from contention for the PAC Tournament. Bethany’s season ends with a 16-22 overall record and a 10-14 mark in the PAC, while the Tomcats complete the campaign with records of 18-22 and 11-13.
Thiel opened the scoring in game one with three runs in the first inning and that’s where the game stood until the Tomcats pushed another run across in the fifth. Bethany’s hopes for a comeback were dashed in the sixth frame when a walk and two hit batters opened the door for the hosts to score seven times and take the 11-0 victory.
The Bison were limited to only six hits in the defeat. Sophomore Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) had two singles and stole a base and freshman Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) also smacked a pair of singles. Suffering the loss on the hill was freshman Tyler Kurtz (Jerusalem, Ohio/Barnesville), who was solid until running into trouble in the sixth. He threw five and a third innings and struck out a pair.
In game two, BC jumped in front when Leto led off the game with a single, took second on a wild pitch and later score on a single by junior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell). Thiel didn’t trail for long, scoring twice in the bottom of the first with only one hit, as a pair of walks to start the inning came back to haunt the Green and White.
A leadoff single by sophomore Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) in the fourth inning led to another Bison run. After a sacrifice and a wild pitch put him on third, senior T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) brought in Wassel with a ground out to even the score at 2-2. However, it wouldn’t take long for the Tomcats to regain the lead, as a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fourth made it 3-2 TC.
The Tomcats erupted again in the fifth inning to build a comfortable lead, as they pounded out six runs on eight hits to take a 9-2 advantage. Bethany mounted a rally in the sixth inning, striking for four runs. Freshman Dan Weller (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in one run and the second came across on a wild pitch. After sophomore Tanner Werkmann (Germantown, Md./Poolesville) had an RBI fielder’s choice, a Thiel error scored the final run and trimmed the Tomcats’ lead to 9-7.
The Bison had one final push in the seventh inning. Two walks and an error scored a run and put the tying run on base. But a pickoff at second and then a double play closed the game with Thiel recording the 9-7 win. Freshman Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) was tagged with the loss after pitching the first four and two-thirds innings.
The lone Bison to pick up two hits in the nightcap was senior Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional), as he had two singles and scored once. Miller reached base twice on walks and scored a pair of runs and senior Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) collected his 100th career hit in the game. He is the third member of the senior class to record 100 career hits, joining Packer and Zarewicz. Also playing in the final games with the Bison was Alex Evans (Washington, Pa.) and Lamar Fisher (Bronx, N.Y./Mount Vernon).