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Bison Baseball Grabs First Win in Florida by Blanking Hilbert

March 16 - FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Senior Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) threw seven shutout innings and the bullpen kept Hilbert (N.Y.) College scoreless through the final two frames, as the Bethany College baseball team scored an 8-0 triumph Saturday for its first win of the season.

9338Styche13.jpg The win came on the heels of the Bison’s opening two games in Florida, which saw BC suffer 2-0 and 3-0 losses to Delaware Valley (Pa.) College Friday afternoon.

In the Green and White’s victory over Hilbert, they slowly pulled away through the game, scoring once in the first inning, twice more in the second and adding another in the third. Styche (right) was piling up the zeroes and BC finished off the scoring with a run in the fifth, a pair in the sixth and the final tally in the ninth. Styche finished the game with seven shutout innings and allowed four hits with two walks and three punchouts. Sophomore Dan Petrella (Coraopolis, Pa./Montour) threw a scoreless eighth and senior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) fired a perfect ninth, highlighted by two Ks.

5267Stanley13.jpg Bethany’s bats awoke from a five-game slump to pound out 14 hits. Freshman Haydon Stanley (right - Wheeling, W.Va./Linsly) led the way by going 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Juniors Jules Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) and Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) both had two hits and one RBI, while sophomore Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) had two hits, a double and scored twice and junior Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.) had two singles and stole two bases.

In the Bison’s opening two games of the Florida trip, Bethany’s pitchers had strong outings but Delaware Valley spun a pair of shutouts. In the initial game, BC had six hits, but three double plays thwarted their chances. Sophomore catcher Luke Flaus (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) hit two singles and senior Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) had a single and walk, but the Bison could not push a run across.

On the mound, junior Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) threw the first five innings and allowed two runs, although only one was earned, on two hits and struck out five to take the loss. Freshman Joe Hoffman (Allison Park, Pa./Deer Lakes) fired a perfect inning of work in relief.

Bethany’s pitching was the highlight of the second game too. Sophomore Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) tossed the first four innings and surrendered three runs on seven hits. Freshman Joe Giles (McKees Rocks, pa./Sto-Rox) followed with three hitless innings. He struck out two and walked a pair.

At the plate, the Bison had five hits, but once again, two double plays prevented BC from putting together scoring rallies. Miller reached base twice with a single and walk and Edmiston, Kubis, Wassel and Stanley all had singles as well.

Bethany is now off from action until Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Ft. Myers, Fla., to take on Lawrence in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.