March 10 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – Despite limiting Washington & Jefferson to just three earned runs, two errors by the Bethany College baseball team damaged the Bison’s hopes, as the Presidents scored a 5-1 victory Sunday afternoon in the finale of the three-game PAC series.
The first three runs of the game were scored without the benefit of a hit. In the bottom of the first, the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and after a stolen base and two fly outs, W&J led 1-0. In the Bison half of the third frame, sophomore 3B Josh Dow (Groten, Conn./Griswold) walked to start the inning and was sacrificed to second. After junior SS Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) was hit a pitch and sophomore CF Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) walked, freshman LF Haydon Stanley (right - Wheeling, W.Va./Linsly) hit an RBI groundout and the game was tied at 1-1.
W&J went back on top in the last of the third, as a leadoff walk came back to haunt the Bison. Following the free pass, a stolen base and ground out put the runner on third and then a two-out error brought in the go-ahead run. The Presidents’ lead expanded to 3-1 in the sixth when another two-out error allowed a run to score.
The Bison were unable to generate a threat after the third inning. The team’s lone hit was a single by Dow in the fourth inning and the last runner to reach base was Leto, who drew a leadoff walk. After a fielder’s choice took out the lead runner, Stanley stole second base, but a ground out ended the frame.
The Presidents would put the game away with a two-run homer in the eighth inning and BC was retired in order in the top of the ninth. Dow was the lone Bison to reach base twice with a single and a walk, while Miller, Leto and senior 1B Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) were also issued free passes.
The hard-luck defeat was charged to senior Ryan Styche (right - Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward). He threw a strong five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits. He struck out two and walked three as well.
The Bison are now off until heading south for the spring break trip to Fort Pierce, Fla. Bethany will open the Florida slate with a doubleheader against Delaware Valley (Pa.) College on March 15th at 11 a.m.