April 19 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Junior Milton Joyner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Westinghouse) capped a six-run ninth-inning rally by scoring on a throwing error to give the Bethany College baseball team an 8-7 victory over visiting Westminster and earn a split of Saturday’s PAC twinbill.
The huge rally allowed BC to come away with the split after the Titans pounded out a 15-7 triumph in the opener.
The Bison (8-20, 1-5) entered the last of the ninth trailing 7-2 and had one away after the leadoff batter grounded out. The rally began when senior SS J.J. Eberhart (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) and freshman OF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) hit back-to-back singles. The first run came home when freshman LF Nick Czapor (Liberty Boro, Pa./South Allegheny) roped a double to bring in Eberhart and then a walk loaded the bases.
Another walk to freshman CF Tyler Dillinger (White Oak, Pa./McKeesport) pushed home a run to make it a 7-4 Westminster lead. Joyner stepped into the box and ripped a double into right-center field that cleared the bases and tied the score at 7-7. Also on the play, an error getting the ball back in allowed Joyner to go to third with one out. After an intentional walk put runners on the corners, Titan pitcher Andrew Robison tried to pick Joyner off third, but his throw got away, allowing Joyner to trot home with the winning run in the improbable victory.
Prior to the ninth, the Titans were in control, as they scored twice in the third and seventh innings on their way to the 7-2 lead. Bethany’s runs came in the third on an RBI single by Dillinger and in the seventh when a Westminster error allowed sophomore catcher Josh Lawrence (Mather, Pa./Jefferson-Morgan) to come home.
Picking up the victory on the mound was sophomore Chris Amon (Bel Air, Md./Harford Tech), who improved to 1-0 by throwing the final 1 2/3 innings and not allowing a hit or run. Junior starter Josh Eckelberger (Beaver, Pa.) battled through 7 1/3 innings of work and gave up seven runs, five earned, on 11 hits and struck out four.
At the plate, four Bison had two hits each, including Czapor, Dillinger, Joyner and Lawrence. Joyner (three) and Dillinger (two) also had multiple RBIs, while Lawrence scored a pair of runs.
Game one was all Westminster, as they scored five runs in the top of the first and cruised to the 15-7 victory. Freshman Brett Mazine (Monaca, Pa.) struck out six in three innings of work, but gave up seven runs, four earned, on seven hits to take the loss and fall to 2-3.
Bethany’s offense totaled 15 hits in the loss, although only one went for extra bases. That was a solo home run by Czapor, who finished 2-for-2 with a pair of runs and one RBI. Senior 2B Anthony Talotta (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) had a pair of singles and scored twice, while freshman catcher Erik Stumpf (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored.
The Bison will finish a stretch of seven games in six days on Sunday when they travel to Lake Erie (Ohio) College for a non-conference doubleheader at 1 p.m.