Bison Beat Westminster in Extra Innings to Take PAC Series
April 14 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Junior Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.) laced a three-run triple to highlight a five-run 11th inning, as the Bethany College baseball team claimed a 7-2 victory at Westminster Sunday to take the PAC series from the Titans.
The Bison went in front with a run in the second inning, as sophomore CF Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) reached on an error and later scored on a two-out RBI single by sophomore catcher Luke Flaus (right - Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour). It remained a one-run game until the sixth inning when Westminster went in front. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases and then a single chased home two runs to put the home team on top 2-1.
Bethany’s game-tying rally came in the ninth inning. Senior Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) led off with a single and pinch runner Haydon Stanley (Wheeling, W.Va./Linsly) would reach second on a ground out. With BC down to their final out, junior RF Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) ripped an RBI double to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
After a scoreless 10th frame, Bethany erupted for five runs in the 11th to take the win. Miller started the rally with a leadoff single and would score a short time later on Flaus’ second RBI single of the game. After a walk loaded the bases, Edmiston tagged a bases-clearing triple and then he scored on an RBI single by junior 2B Dominic Controguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison).
While the Bison bats needed some time to break the game open, Bethany’s pitching shut down the Titans, who had just three hits in the game. Sophomore Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) threw the first six innings and allowed two runs on two hits. Freshman Joe Hoffman (Allison Park, Pa./Deer Lakes) tossed two scoreless frames and senior Brad Kubis (right - Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) went the final three innings. He gave up one hit and walked one while striking out one to earn the victory.
Bethany finished the afternoon with 12 hits at the plate. Wassel had three hits, drove in one and scored one, while Edmiston had two hits and three RBI, Flaus posted two RBI singles and Miller singled and scored twice.
The Bison will be back on the diamond Monday afternoon with a single game at Thiel to conclude the PAC series with the Tomcats. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.