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BISON FALL TWICE TO VISITING SAINT VINCENT
April 16 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader Thursday to visiting Saint Vincent by scores of 14-3 and 8-3.
The Bearcats (5-23) grabbed the lead with five runs in the second inning and one more in the third. BC (1-21) plated their first run in the third on a sacrifice fly by freshman Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) that scored sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.), who had doubled to lead off the inning.
Saint Vincent never let the Bison back into the game, as they scored four times in the fifth inning and tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh frames. Bethany managed two more runs on an RBI double by Packer in the fifth and a run-producing double by junior Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) in the seventh.
Bethany collected 11 hits in the game, including a pair from Dillinger, Packer and freshman Chad Stephen (Barnesville, Ohio). Sophomore starter Mike Muklewicz (Bridgeport, Ohio) was charged with the loss after he threw the opening two innings.
The second game stayed close until late. The visitors scored three runs in the first inning and added one in the second, but the Bison remained in the game with solo tallies in each of the first three innings. The first two runs came on RBI singles from Leasure and junior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional), while the third score came when Packer, who doubled to start the third inning, charged home on a wild pitch.
It stayed a one-run game until the Bearcats used the long ball to supply the insurance runs. A leadoff longball from Mike Hustava made it a 5-3 SVC lead in the sixth and Dustin Louseddes hit a three-run homer in the seventh to provide the final margin.
Packer posted another strong showing at the plate with two doubles and two runs scored, while freshman catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) also had two hits, including one double. Senior Josh Eckelberger (Beaver, Pa.) took the loss after going the first six innings.
The Bison will return to action Saturday with a PAC doubleheader at Westminster. Their series with the Titans concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. in a single nine-inning game.