April 6 - CLEVELAND, Ohio – Despite freshman Chad Stephen (Barnesville, Ohio) going 2-for-3 in both games, the Bethany baseball team’s offense could not get untracked against Case Western Reserve, who swept the doubleheader 3-0 and 11-0.
The Bison (1-15) were held to just four hits in the first game, although they did have chances throughout. After Case (10-19) took a 1-0 lead in the first, BC put two runners on with one out following singles by freshman RF Matt Hartig (McKeesport, Pa.) and freshman catcher Alejandro Texeira (Miami, Fla./Homestead), but a pair of strikeouts ended the inning.
The Spartans added an unearned run in the second, and Bethany once again had two runners reach with one out. However, their third inning ended just like the second, as the next two batters went down on strikes. The Bison’s last threat was in the fifth, as a single, walk and error loaded the bases, but they were turned away when a groundout ended the inning.
Bison freshman T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) started on the hill and threw the first four innings. He would take the loss, despite allowing just two runs, one earned, on five hits with one strikeout and one walk. Freshman Bryce Patterson (McKeesport, Pa.) tossed the final two innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out one.
In game two, Case took advantage of three walks and an error in the first inning to plate three runs. They added to their lead with a run in the third and then tacked on four in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth to close out the scoring.
With the sticks, the Bison were blanked again despite finishing with seven hits. Potential threats were thwarted in the first and sixth innings y double plays and BC’s only extra-base hit didn’t come until the seventh when freshman 3B Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) doubled with one out.
The Bison are scheduled to be back in action Monday when they travel to Waynesburg for the third and final game of their conference series after the Yellow Jackets took the opening two games Saturday at Bethany. Monday’s first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.