April 18 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team held an early 2-0 lead, but Thomas More scored nine runs between the third and fifth innings to come away with a 10-4 victory over the Bison in the finale of their three-game set at Bethany Park.
In the first inning, BC (16-11, 4-8) had a big opportunity, as they loaded the bases with no outs. Bethany was able to score one on a sacrifice fly by freshman 3B Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell), but TMC didn’t allow another run after a fly out and ground out ended the inning.
The Bison extended the margin to 2-0 in the third inning when junior CF Tyler Dillinger (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) hit a leadoff single, was sacrificed to second and scored on a two-out single by Kubis. The Saints came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third off sophomore starter T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) to even the score.
Thomas More took the lead in the fourth inning on a three-run homer by Andrew Thole and followed that with four tallies in the fifth to take a 9-2 lead. Bethany tried to get back into the game in the eighth with two runs, one coming on an RBI single by sophomore 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) and a pinch-hit run-scoring triple by freshman Lamar Fisher (Mount Vernon, N.Y.). However, the Bison would get no closer and the Saints tacked on one more run in the eighth to provide the final margin.
Bethany totaled 11 hits in the defeat, with junior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) providing two singles, while Kubis knocked in a pair and Dillinger managed one single, two walks and scored a pair of runs. Zarewicz suffered the loss after throwing the first 4 2/3 innings and now stands at 5-3 this year.
The Bison will return to action Tuesday when they travel to Saint Vincent for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.