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Bison Rally Again to Take Split With Muskingum
April 23 - BETHANY, W.Va. – For the second consecutive day, the Bethany College baseball team rallied in its final at-bat for a win, as the Bison scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Muskingum 3-2 in the opening game of Tuesday’s non-conference doubleheader.
In the nightcap, the Muskies plated seven runs in the first inning with just two hits and held off another BC rally for a 7-4 win.
A Bethany error helped the visitors score the first game’s first run in the second inning and the Muskies would add another run in the fourth. The Bison managed a single by junior Zac Edmiston (right - California, Pa.) in the third inning, but it was their only hit through the first six innings of the game.
Bethany went to the bottom of the seventh trailing by two, but the winning rally started when senior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) was hit by a pitch. With one out, he reached second on a wild pitch and then scored when two errors were committed a ball hit by junior Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward). Following a fly out, Wassel took third on a wild pitch and then an infield single by sophomore pinch-hitter Kyle Wales (Wellsburg, W.Va./Brooke) brought in Wassel to tie the game.
The Bison weren’t done there, as freshman pinch-runner Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) ended up on third following an errant pickoff throw, the third Muskingum error of the inning. Senior Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) came up and hit a slow roller back up the middle. He beat the throw to first and Bisi scored the winning run, giving BC its second come-from-behind win in as many days after a 2-1 triumph over Grove City Monday.
In addition to collecting one of three Bethany hits in the game, Edmiston picked up the win on the mound after throwing a scoreless seventh inning in relief. Freshman Tyler Mayo (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) had the start and went the first three and two-thirds innings, while freshman Joe Hoffman (Allison Park, Pa./Deer Lakes) threw two and a third innings of shutout relief.
The second game had a tough start for the Bison. Muskingum used two BC errors, as well as four hit batsmen and four walks, to score seven times in the first inning with just two hits. Bethany spent the rest of the game trying to come back and took one run off the deficit in the fourth when junior 2B Dominic Controguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison) hit a leadoff single and eventually scored on a wild pitch with two outs.
In the fifth inning, Bethany used one swing of the bat to score three more runs. Sophomore CF Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) and freshman catcher Matt Shaffer (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) had singles and junior SS Juls Leto (right - McKees Rocks, Pa../OLSH) belted a three-run homer, his second of the year, and Bethany was within three at 7-4.
The Bethany comeback hopes ended there however, as the Green and White managed just one single in the final two innings. Leto was the lone Bison player to have two hits, as he went 2-for-3. The pitching loss went to freshman Garrett LaPiana (Georgetown, Pa./South Side Beaver), who made the start.
The Bison are due to be back on the field Wednesday afternoon with a PAC doubleheader at Saint Vincent.