April 27 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College baseball received seven hits and seven RBI from the top third of their batting order as the Green & White defeated Geneva College, 10-2, on Monday afternoon at Bethany Field.
Geneva opened the scoring in the first two innings, posting a run in both the first and second frames to take a 2-0 lead after two.
The Bison would get their offense rolling in the third inning striking for a run to cut the Geneva lead in half. With one out in the frame, Zach Schlotter (Twinsburg, Ohio/Gilmour Academy) picked up a single to right-center field. Two batters later, Schlotter was chased home on a double by Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly).
Two innings later, the Bison would take the lead with one swing of the bat. After Adam Becker (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) and Schlotter both reached base safely to put two on with one out. The next batter was Matt Shaffer (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) who continued his solid run to finish out the season as he belted a three-run home run over the left field fence to give the Bison a 4-2 lead. The home run was Shaffer’s first of the year.
Bethany would extend the lead further in both the sixth and eight innings, scoring six more runs in the contest. In the sixth, RBI hits by Ethan Tobin (Bethesda, Ohio/Union Local) and Zac Edmiston (California, Pa./California) provided the offense. Tobin doubled home Andrew Gilliand (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln), while Edmiston knocked home Tobin to put the Bison up 6-2.
The Green & White would round out the scoring column in the eighth, putting up a four spot, which included an inside the park, three-run home run by Edmiston. An infield single by Zack Miller (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) then scored Schlotter for the contest’s final run, rounding out the scoring at 10-2.
Offensively, the one, two and three hitters in the Bison batting order (Edmiston, Schlotter and Shaffer) combined to put up seven of the team’s 14 hits. They also accounted for seven RBI in the game. Schlotter posted a four-hit day while reaching base safely in all five of his at bats. Edmiston added two hits and a RBI, while Shaffer tallied the three-run homer in the fifth inning.
After allowing a run in the first two innings of the game, Bison starter Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) really settled in. He finished his day going 6.2 innings of work while allowing seven hits and just the two earned runs. The Bison bullpen also performed well, as the combination of Joe Hoffman (Allison Park, Pa./Deer Lakes) and Hunter Kashke (Moundsville, W.Va./Bishop Donahue) combined to pitch 2.1 innings while allowing just one hit and posting four punch outs.
The Bison will be back in action on Tuesday, April 28, when they play host to Pitt-Greensburg in a non-conference doubleheader. The matchup with the Bobcats is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.