April 12 - UNIONTOWN, Pa. – The Bethany College baseball team pounded out 26 runs on 27 hits as they picked up a sweep on the road Monday night over Pitt-Greensburg by scores of 14-4 and 12-11.
The opener was a tight game until the Bison (13-9) erupted for nine late runs to pull away. BC opened the scoring in the first when freshman SS Alex Evans (Washington, Pa.) drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on an RBI single by freshman 3B Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell). The advantage grew to 4-0 in the second inning when junior CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) doubled in a run and a Pitt-Greensburg error allowed two more to score.
The Bobcats struck for two runs in the second with a two-run homer, but the Green and White answered back with a run in the third on an RBI single from sophomore 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby). UPG bounced back with a two-run double in the bottom of the third to trim the Bethany lead to 5-4.
The game settled down over the next couple innings, with neither team managing a run in the fourth or fifth innings. The Bison put the game away in the later frames, starting with two runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Kubis, and an error on his hit to allow the second run to come home.
Bethany truly iced the win with seven runs in the final inning. Junior catcher Josh Lawrence (Mather, Pa./Jefferson-Morgan) ignited the eruption with an RBI single, which was followed later by a two-run double from senior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional). Other runs came in during the inning on a sacrifice fly by Evans and RBI singles by Kubis, senior RF Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) and Tieman.
On the mound, junior Zach Grayson (McKeesport, Pa./South Allegheny) worked the first four innings to pick up the win and improve to 3-1 for the year. Freshman Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) clamped down on the Bobcats from there, throwing three scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save of the year.
At the plate, five different Bison managed multiple hits, as they matched a season-high with 16. Kubis spearheaded the attack with his first career four-hit game and drove in three, while Dillinger had two hits and scored three times.
The second game was a back-and-forth affair, although BC never trailed after taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by sophomore DH Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional), RBI double and sacrifice fly from Leasure. Bethany plated three more runs in the second inning, as Tieman singled in one, junior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) doubled in another and Leasure lofted his second sacrifice fly.
Pitt-Greensburg put two on the board in the bottom of the second, but a Bobcat error allowed the Bison to post one in the third to keep it a 7-2 Bethany lead. The scoring really started to pick up when UPG scored four times in the third, which was answered again by BC with a two-run homer from Leasure in the fourth, his fourth long ball of the season.
Following another two runs from the Bobcats in the fourth, the Bison finally seemed to take control by striking for three runs in the fifth to swell their lead to 12-8. Packer and Kubis hit RBI singles and Fudala knocked in another run with BC’s third sacrifice fly in the game.
The margin remained four until the sixth inning when Pitt-Greensburg climbed back into the game when an infield single and two bases-loaded walks scored runs to bring the home team within a run at 12-11. With the bases loaded and one out, Kubis was called on to pitch and on his first delivery, got a bouncer back to the mound, which he turned into a 1-2-3 double play to get out of the inning.
After the wild offensive showing through six innings, the seventh inning was quick for both sides. Bethany was retired in order on three strikeouts in the top of the frame, but Kubis was just as impressive, as he caught two batters looking and one swinging in the bottom of the seventh to pick up his ninth save of the year. His work gave the win to junior Adam Nyswaner (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette), who was one of six Bison hurlers in the game.
Kubis also led Bethany with the sticks, as he totaled three more hits and two RBIs, which made him 7-for-10 with five RBIs in the twinbill. Leasure’s home run and two sac flies gave him four RBIs, while Dillinger had three hits and three run scored and Packer finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI’s and three runs scored.
Bethany will be back on the diamond Wednesday with another non-conference doubleheader, as they host Franciscan at 2 p.m.