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BISON CLOSE SEASON WITH 11-8 LOSS TO PITT-GREENSBURG
May 5 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Pitt-Greensburg scored three times in the ninth inning to break an 8-8 tie and come away with an 11-8 victory over the Bethany baseball team to close out the Bison’s season.
The Bobcats (20-19) claimed the lead early with one run in the first and three more in the second. BC answered back with a pair in the second, as sophomore 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) belted a leadoff homer to left, his second of the year, and junior DH Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) hit a sacrifice fly to bring home sophomore RF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) after he had doubled earlier in the frame.
Bethany plated solo runs in the fourth and sixth innings to draw even at 4-4. Pegg scored the run in the fourth after he led off with a single and came around on a two-out RBI double by junior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional). In the sixth, sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Leasure for the tying run.
After scrapping back from a four-run deficit, BC was immediately put in the same scenario in the seventh inning. The Bobcats scored four times, with the big blow being a three-run homer from 1B Jim Little. But the Bison kept battling, as they answered UPG’s outburst with a three-spot in the last of the seventh. Freshman catcher Alejandro Texiera (Miami, Fla./Homestead) ripped an RBI double to score one, a passed ball allowed another to score and a Pitt-Greensburg error pushed the third run home.
The Bison (3-33) tied the score again in the eighth when freshman 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby), who reached base five times in the game, singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on another Bobcat error.
Bethany’s comeback efforts were once again countered, as Pitt-Greensburg seized the lead with three runs in the top of the ninth. The Green and White tried once again to get back into the game and brought the tying run to the plate after a single by Cummins and a walk to freshman SS Chad Stephen (Barnesville, Ohio), but a strikeout ended the game and the season for the BC.
Several Bison ended the year with good days at the plate. Cummins went 3-for-3 with one RBI and walked twice, while Tieman was 1-for-2 with an RBI and drew four free passes. Pegg had three hits and scored a trio of runs, while Fudala was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored and Texiera had a single, double, drove in one and scored one.
Freshman T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) started on the mound and gutted out six and a third innings. Senior Josh Eckelberger (Beaver, Pa.) took over in the seventh and suffered the loss.
This year’s young Bethany squad, with 23 of 28 players bring sophomores or freshmen, played their final game with seniors Eckelberger and Scott Fraley (New Salem, Pa./Brownsville).