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BISON RALLY FROM DEFICIT BUT LOSE LEAD LATE IN 10-8 LOSS
April 8 - MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After trailing 6-0 following the first inning, the Bethany baseball team battled back to take the lead, but Waynesburg scored four times in the last of the eighth to pull out a 10-8 triumph over the Bison Wednesday at Mylan Park in Morgantown.
The game couldn’t have started much worse for BC (1-16, 0-9), as the Yellow Jackets used a three-run homer from Brendan Scioscia and a two-run blast from Kenny Grant to build a 6-0 advantage after one inning. Waynesburg nearly added to their cushion after loading the bases in the third inning, but Bethany escaped the jam with a fielder’s choice for the third out.
After being blanked on just two hits through the first four frames, the Bison started chopping down the Waynesburg lead. Freshman 3B Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) got things started with a solo home run, his first, to lead off the fifth inning. Packer would also play a role in the sixth, as he slapped a two-run single to score sophomore RF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and sophomore 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands). BC trimmed the deficit to 6-4 when freshman 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) singled to bring in freshman DH Matt Hartig (McKeesport, Pa.).
Bethany moved within a run in the seventh on an RBI fielder’s choice by Pegg that brought in sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.). The Bison finally overtook the Yellow Jackets with a three-spot in the eighth. With two outs and the bases loaded, freshman SS Chad Stephen (Barnesville, Ohio) singled up the middle to score a pair. Fudala stepped up next with an RBI single that pushed the Bison lead to 8-6.
After getting the first out of the inning, the BC defense committed two errors which opened the door for Waynesburg to come back. Consecutive miscues with one out allowed the first run of the inning to score and after the second out was recorded, a single brought in another run to even the score. The game was only tied until the next batter stepped in, as Scioscia doubled in two for a 10-8 Yellow Jackets’ lead.
The Bison had one more comeback attempt left in them. Packer singled with one out and took second when freshman catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) walked. However, Waynesburg ended the game with a 4-6-3 double play to complete the three-game season sweep over BC.
At the plate, Bethany totaled 11 hits, paced by Packer’s 3-for-5, three-RBI effort, while Tieman, Stephen and Fudala all had two hits. Although all four runs he allowed in the eighth were unearned, senior Josh Eckelberger (Beaver, Pa.) suffered the loss in relief.
After taking Thursday off, the Bison will head out on the road for a PAC series this weekend at Thomas More. Game one will be Friday at 3 p.m. in Crestview Hills, Ky., and the teams will lock up on Saturday for a twinbill beginning at 1 p.m.