April 17 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Junior Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) was sharp over seven innings and two unearned runs in the seventh inning broke the tie and propelled the Bethany College baseball team to a 4-2 victory over Saint Vincent Wednesday afternoon.
The game was filled with costly miscues on both sides, as the Bearcats (12-01, 8-2 PAC) used two Bison errors to plate a run in the top of the first. In the last of that inning, BC (6-17, 4-12), sophomore DH Kyle Wales (Wellsburg, W.Va./Brooke) hit an RBI single to even the count at 1-1.
Another Bethany error, this time with two outs in the third inning, helped chase in the second unearned run of the game off Kozlowski and SVC was in front 2-1. The Bison would draw even in the fourth inning with an RBI single by junior Tanner Werkmann (right - Germantown, Md./Poolesville) and the game remained deadlocked until the seventh.
In the top of the inning, Kozlowski walked a pair before inducing a fly out to end the inning and his afternoon. Bethany put him in position for the win with two scores in the bottom of the frame. Junior Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) singled with one out and ended up on third following a single by sophomore 3B Josh Dow (Groton, Conn./Griswold). Then there were two errors on the same ball hit by BC junior SS Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH), allowing Wassel and Dow to score to lift Bethany to a 4-2 lead.
The Bison bullpen took care of that advantage, as freshman Joe Hoffman (Allison Park, Pa./Deer Lakes) threw a scoreless eighth and senior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa../Hopewell) retired the current PAC leader Bearcats in order in the ninth to notch his second save of the year. Kozlowski (right) earned his second victory of the season after allowing two unearned runs on five hits with five Ks in his seven innings.
Bethany finished the afternoon with nine hits to its credit, led by junior RF Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.) with a pair of singles and a run scored.
The Bison are off Thursday before beginning a weekend set with Grove City. The Green and White will host the Wolverines Friday at 3 p.m.in a nine-inning contest at Bethany Park before going to Grove City Saturday for a twinbill at 1 p.m.