BETHANY’S STYCHE THROWS GEM IN WIN OVER WAYNESBURG
March 30 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College junior Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) held Waynesburg to five hits, as he threw a complete game to lead the Bison to a 9-3 victory over the Yellow Jackets in Friday’s series opening game at Bethany Park.
The victory took BC’s record to 7-9 overall and 4-5 in the conference, while Waynesburg dropped to 11-7 and 2-4. The teams will meet at Waynesburg tomorrow for a doubleheader to complete the PAC series.
Bethany got on the board first when junior SS Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) launched a solo homer to left to leadoff the second inning. Later in the frame, senior 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) hit a two-out RBI single to double the lead to 2-0.
The Yellow Jackets posted their first run in the third inning, but BC took a comfortable lead with a trio of tallies in the fourth. Senior catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, junior DH Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) hit a sacrifice fly and Kubis lined an RBI single to left to expand the Green and White margin to 5-1.
The Bison seized control of the contest in the fifth inning with four more runs. First came back-to-back RBI singles by Tieman and junior LF Alex Evans (Washington, Pa.) and then Zarewicz roped a two-run single that gave BC a 9-1 cushion after five innings.
Although Waynesburg managed to scratch out single runs off Styche in the sixth and eighth innings, the junior right-hander was in control all afternoon. He retired the Yellow Jackets in order in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Styche’s only strikeout came to lead off the ninth inning and he shook off a two-out walk in the last frame to get a fly out to left to finish off his first career complete game and even his record this season at 2-2.
The BC offense strung out 11 hits, with eight starters getting at least one each. Sparking the bats was Zarewicz, who drove in three, Kubis and Tieman both had a pair of hits and two RBI and Evans had two singles and scored a pair.