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Bison Baseball Takes Split with Westminster Saturday

April 13 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team held on for a 7-5 victory in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but came up short in the nightcap, as Westminster pounded out a 15-11 win in a slugfest to give the teams a split of the PAC twinbill.

The games were originally scheduled to be played in New Wilmington, but the teams switched sites due to playing conditions at Westminster. The series will conclude Sunday afternoon with a single nine-inning game on the Titans’ diamond at 2:30 p.m.

Game one was tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third when BC grabbed the lead with six runs. Junior RF Dylan Wassell (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) stroked a two-run double and freshman 2B Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) hit a two-run single to highlight the inning.

7839Kozlowski13.jpg The Titans slowly chipped away at the Bison lead with two runs in fifth and solo tallies in the sixth and seventh. After a triple and sacrifice fly in the seventh, Westminster needed a base runner to bring the tying run to the plate, but senior closer Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) retired the final batter on a ground out to sew up his first save of the year. It secured the win for junior starter Zak Kozlowski (right - Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who threw the first six innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits.

With the bats, Bisi and Wassel both had two hits and two RBI, while Kubis was 2-for-3 with one run scored.

The nightcap saw Bethany build a 5-1 lead before the middle innings were filled with outbursts. After the Titans scored six times in the fourth inning and once in the fifth, the Bison struck back for six runs to regain the lead at 11-8. But Westminster would make the last push by tallying five runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh to complete the scoring.

8901Edmiston13.jpg Bethany finished the game with a season-high 16 hits. Junior Zac Edmiston (right - California, Pa.) went 5-for-5 at the plate, as he became the first Bison to have five hits in a game since Milton Joyner had five against Grove City on March 29, 2008. Sophomore Dan Petrella (Coraopolis, Pa./Montour) went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, sophomore Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) was 3-for-5 with an RBI and junior Tanner Werkmann (Germantown, Md./Poolesville) had two hits, scored twice and drove in one.

The Bison starter in game two was senior Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward), who threw four innings and struck out four. Petrella was the fourth Bison pitcher in the game and suffered the loss after allowing two unearned runs in one-third of an inning.