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Bison Come Up Short in Series Opener Against Geneva 11-9

April 26 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Senior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs, but the Bethany College baseball team lost the opening game of its PAC series with Geneva Friday afternoon 11-9 at Bethany Park.

The Bison held Senior Day festivities before the game and all three of those honored had a hand in BC’s quick start. After senior Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) opened the game with three shutout innings, Kubis put the Green and White in front with an RBI single in the third. That began a see-saw battle over the next four innings, as Geneva tied the game with a run in the fourth, only to see Bethany go back on top 2-1 with an RBI single by sophomore Josh Dow (Groton, Conn./Griswold).

5858Ziants13.jpg The Golden Tornadoes (13-18, 8-11) put three runs on the board in the fifth, but the Bison responded with five in the last of the frame. Junior Tanner Werkmann (Germantown, Md./Poolesville) and senior Chuck Ziants (right - Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) had RBI hits and then sophomore Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) laced a three-run double inside the left-field line and BC was on top 7-4.

The advantage didn’t hold up for long. Geneva would strike for six runs in the top of the sixth inning to build a 10-7 lead. The Bison chopped two off the margin in the eighth inning when Kubis had another big hit, as he dropped a two-run double into right-center field, and the Bison were within a run. Geneva scored an insurance run in the ninth, but Bethany, who won two games in their final at-bat earlier this week, started to make noise in the ninth.

A leadoff single and hit batter put the first two runners on, but Geneva squelched some of the momentum by turning a double play. Bethany still had the tying run at the plate and sophomore pinch-hitter Kyle Wales (Wellsburg, W.Va./Brooke) looked like he rolled an RBI single to right field, but the Geneva second baseman made an outstanding diving stop and his throw to first just beat the runner to end the game and leave BC two runs short.

8654Kubis13.jpg Kubis (right) led Bethany’s 15-hit attack with his third career four-hit game and he drove in three. Ziants had a solid Senior Day as well with two hits, one RBI and one run scored, while junior Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.) was 3-for-4 and Dow had two hits and one RBI.

Styche had the start and lasted into the sixth inning when he was relieved by freshman C.J. Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel), who suffered the loss.

Bethany and Geneva will take the field again tomorrow in Beaver Falls, Pa., for a doubleheader to complete the PAC series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.