March 9 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Bethany College baseball team opened the 2013 season Saturday with a stiff test, playing against 25th-ranked Washington & Jefferson and the Presidents proved to be worthy of their lofty ranking by sweeping the twinbilll from the Bison.
The opening game of the doubleheader, which was originally scheduled to be played at BC but moved to W&J due to field conditions at Bethany Park, was won by the Presidents 6-0. W&J’s strong pitching continued into the second game and a late outburst sent them to an 18-0 victory over the Green and White. The three-game series will conclude Sunday with a nine-inning game at W&J, with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
In the opening game of the day, the Bison were unable to figure out W&J right-hander Eddie Nogay, who threw a two-hit shutout. Bethany’s first hit was a leadoff single by senior DH Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) in the second and sophomore RF Dan Petrella (right - Coraopolis, Pa./Montour) hit a one-out single in the fifth.
The Presidents took the lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings and added three more in the fifth. Bison junior starter Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) was solid until running into trouble in the fifth. He threw the opening four and a third innings and allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking just one.
In the nightcap, W&J jumped in front with a run in the first and three more in the second. The Presidents would strike for four more in the fourth inning and closed the win with 10 runs in the final two innings, which included nine in the sixth frame.
Bethany had a couple chances to start rallies, but double plays ended the threats. In the second inning, junior LF Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) and Petrella hit one-out singles, but a double play finished the inning. In the third inning, junior SS Juls Leto (right - McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) tripled with one out, but a fly out and ground out stranded him at third.
The Bison had the leadoff runner reach in the fifth on an error, but a double play stopped the momentum. Then in the sixth, junior Zac Edmison (California, Pa.) and sophomore Kyle Wales (Wellsburg, W.Va./Brooke) led off the inning with singles, but another twin-killing spoiled the opportunity and Bethany was unable to push a run across.
Bethany finished the game with six hits, with Leto’s triple being the only extra-base hit. Taking the loss on the mound was sophomore Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward), who started and threw the first three and a third innings.