April 29 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Although freshman RF Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) went 3-for-3 with a home run in the first game, the Bethany College baseball team dropped a 6-3 decision at Westminster and the Titans completed the sweep with an 8-0 victory in game two.
The Bison (10-18, 4-14) took a 1-0 lead in the first in senior 2B Eric Fudala’s (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) RBI single, but Westminster (21-11, 8-8) took a 2-1 lead in the second on a two-run homer from Josh Kieffer. That was answered in the BC fourth when Wassel launched a leadoff home run, his first of the year, to knot the score at 2-2.
Westminster went back in front with a tally in the bottom of the fourth, but the Green and White answered again with Fudala’s second RBI single of the game to draw even at 3-3. The Titans then grabbed the lead for good in the fifth on a two-run blast by Tim Wiand and the final run came in the sixth when Wiand struck again for an RBI double to cap the scoring.
In addition to Wassel, junior catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) also went 3-for-3 and he scored a run. Fudala finished with two RBIs on his two singles and senior LF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) also stroked two singles.
The pitching loss was charged to senior Zac Grayson (McKeesport, Pa./South Allegheny), who fell to 2-4 after allowing five runs on seven hits in four and two-thirds innings.
The Titans took control of the second game immediately, scoring four times in the initial frame and riding the strong pitching of Vince Iosue to the win. The Titan right-hander blanked Bethany on four hits, two coming off the bat of sophomore SS Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell). Six Bison were also walked in the game, but they couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it and ended up stranding 10 runners.
Sophomore Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) suffered the loss after giving up four runs, but only one was earned, on five hits.
Bethany and Westminster are scheduled to complete their three-game conference series Sunday afternoon with a single, nine-inning tilt at 1 p.m. in Bethany Park.