April 29 - MARIETTA, Ohio – The Bethany College baseball team battled back from an early five-run deficit but came up on the short end of a 9-7 decision at Marietta (Ohio) College Tuesday night.
The first two and a half innings were scoreless, but the Pioneers (19-17) broke out for five runs in the third inning to take the lead. The Bison (9-26-1) came right back with five runs in the top of the fourth to even the score. Freshman 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) had the big hit with a two-run double, while freshman RF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and senior SS J.J. Eberhart (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) had RBI singles and the other run came in on an error.
Marietta moved back in front with two runs in the fifth, but BC stayed right with the 2006 national champions by scoring a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Eberhart. However, the Pioneers plated two more runs in the seventh to build a 9-6 lead and looked to be in control of the game.
Bethany did not score in the eighth and was down to their final out in the final inning when they mounted a rally. A single and walk was followed by an RBI double from Pegg to trim the Marietta lead to 9-7 and bring the go-ahead run to the plate. However, a line out to first was the final out of the game.
Freshman CF Tyler Dillinger (White Oak, Pa./McKeesport) finished with a third of Bethany’s nine hits, as he went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Pegg and Fudala each had two hits and drove in a pair, while Eberhart knocked in two for the game.
On the mound, junior Milton Joyner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Westinghouse) dropped to 3-5 after he gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. Another highlight in the win was freshman Adam Nyswaner (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette), who threw a scoreless inning of relief. It came in his 18th appearance of the season, which ties the Bethany single-season record that was set by Josh Molnar in 2000 and matched in 2007 by Bobby Burger.
The Bison return to the diamond Thursday for their final home game of the season. They will host Franciscan (Ohio) University at Bethany Park, with first pitch scheduled to be delivered at 4 p.m. Bethany defeated the Barons 14-6 in their first meeting of the season April 17.