April 19 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Bethany baseball team a 14-13 victory over Westminster Sunday in a PAC slugfest at Bethany Park.
The Bison (3-22, 2-13) were forced to battle from behind, as the Titans (13-19, 6-9) scored five times in the first inning and once more in the second. Junior DH Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) started bringing Bethany back with a solo home run to lead off the second inning. Then after an RBI single by freshman 3B Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) in the third, Leasure hit a bases-loaded triple to bring BC within a run at 6-5.
Bethany grabbed the lead for the first time in the see-saw affair in the fourth with two runs. Freshman 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) grounded out to bring in one, which was followed by Packer stroking another RBI single. After the Titans evened the score at 7-7 with a run in the fifth, they scored three times in the sixth inning. The Bison got one back in the sixth when junior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) singled, stole second and scored on a single by Dillinger.
In the seventh, Bethany forged in front by scoring five times. Freshman catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills), freshman SS Chad Stephen (Barnesville, Ohio) and Cummins all drove in runs with singles and Tieman completed the frame with a two-run single. BC’s 13-10 lead was short-lived however, as Westminster used a Bison error and two sacrifice flies to rally back and tie the game at 13-13.
After the offensive fireworks, the bats went quiet for an inning. Bethany was set down in order in the bottom of the eighth, which was followed by senior Scott Fraley (New Salem, Pa./Brownsville) retiring the Titans 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth, including a pair of strikeouts.
The Bison’s winning rally in the ninth started with a one-out single by Stephen. Cummins walked on four pitches to push Stephen into scoring position and Dillinger followed by roping the first pitch to center field for the winning run.
Seven of the nine Bison in the batting order recorded at least two hits, as BC finished with a season-high 20. Dillinger was the catalyst at the top of the order by going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Leasure, whose homer in the second inning was his fourth of the year and 16th of his career to move him into second place all-time at Bethany, had three hits and four RB Is.
The bottom of the BC line-up was just as productive, as Stephen had three hits and two runs scored and Cummins recorded three hits and crossed the plate a career-high four times.
For his one perfect inning of work, Fraley picked up the victory to move to 1-0 on the year.
Bethany is slated to be in action again Tuesday with a non-conference doubleheader at Muskingum, beginning at 2 p.m.