Bison Pick Up Split Against Waynesburg in Home Opener
March 30 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team scored eight runs in its final two-at-bats Saturday to blow open a tight game and claim an 11-4 victory over Waynesburg in the opener of a PAC doubleheader.
The Yellow Jackets turned the tables in the second game, scoring five runs in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie and go on to a 9-2 victory. That win gave the series to Waynesburg, who took the opening game of the set Thursday 5-1.
The opening game of the day saw Waynesburg score once in the first, but Bethany (3-8, 1-5) answered back on an RBI ground out by senior DH Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall). The Jackets scored once in the third, but Ziants struck again in the fourth with a two-run single. The visitors retaliated with pair of runs in the fifth to regain the lead, but it was short-lived, as an RBI single by senior catcher Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) and a two-run double by sophomore CF Derek Miller (right - Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) put Bethany back on top 6-4.
Bison senior starter Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) pitched into the sixth inning before being relieved by freshman Joe Giles (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox), who stranded a runner at third base. Bethany then put the game away with a five-run outburst in the sixth frame, highlighted by another two-run double from Miller. Also collecting RBI hits in the inning were sophomore Kyle Wales (Wellsburg, W.Va./Brooke), junior Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) and freshman Haydon Stanley (Wheeling, W.Va./Linsly).
Giles would close out the Jackets in the seventh to record his first collegiate save. Styche, who threw five and two-thirds innings and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out five, earned the win to move to 2-1 this year. The offense was led by Miller’s two doubles and four RBI, while Ziants had three RBI and Kubis and Wassel both had two hits and scored a pair of runs.
In game two, Waynesburg (9-6, 2-1) jumped in front with two runs in the first. The Bison rallied back with a pair in the third, one scoring on an error and the other coming home on an RBI single by junior 2B Dominic Controguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison).
The fifth inning was BC’s undoing, as the Yellow Jackets played small ball to push two runs across with sacrifice flies and added another off a balk. A two-run single completed the big inning and Waynesburg would score twice more in the sixth to add to the lead. Bethany was unable to mount a comeback, as the final nine batters of the game were retired in order and BC was held to just four hits in the game, with two coming from Controguerra (right).
Starting the second game for Bethany was sophomore Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) and he worked in and out of trouble to give BC four innings. Freshman C.J. Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fix Chapel) came out of the bullpen in the fifth and gave up the go-ahead runs to suffer the loss.
Up next for the Bison is another PAC doubleheader when Thiel comes to Bethany Park Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.