March 19 - FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Bethany baseball team made three errors in a five-run second inning, which opened the door for Delaware Valley to pull away for a 12-0 victory over the Bison Thursday afternoon.
BC sophomore starter Robert Erickson (Saugus, Calif./Chaminade College Prep) struck out two in the opening inning, but ran into trouble immediately in the second with a walk and single to start the frame. That was followed by the first of three errors in the inning to allow the first run to score. The next two tallies also crossed home following Bethany miscues. The Aggies’ lead grew to 5-0 with an RBI single and a double play that scored the final run.
Walks keyed the Delaware Valley two-run fourth inning. Consecutive free passes led off the frame and a two-out, two-run double by Mike Isgro gave his team a 7-0 margin over BC. Bethany’s efforts to cut into the Aggies’ lead were thwarted each time. The Bison had runners on second and third with two outs in the third, but couldn’t take advantage and then a threat following back-to-back one-out singles in the fourth was extinguished by an inning-ending double play.
Bethany’s final chance was in the sixth when sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) and freshman LF Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) singled to start the inning. But a pair of strikeouts and a fielder’s choice ended the inning. The Aggies cemented the victory with one run in the seventh and four more in the eighth off the BC bullpen.
The Bethany bats were quieted by Delaware Valley’s Sean Tappen, who went the distance for the shutout. He allowed just six hits and walked one while striking out 10. Dillinger was the lone Bison to reach base twice, as he singled and doubled. The second-year outfielder has now reached base at least twice in all five BC contests so far this year.
Erickson suffered the loss on the hill to fall to 0-2. He threw four innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on seven hits while striking out four. Freshman Matt Perkins (Bayside, Calif./McKinleyville) was solid in long relief, going three innings and giving up one run on four hits.
The Bison (1-4) will play their final game of the spring break trip Friday morning. They will take on Wisconsin-Superior at 8:45 a.m., a team they knocked off 6-3 during last year’s trip to Fort Pierce.