March 18 – FORT PIERCE. Fla. – The Bethany College baseball team (4-3) defeated St. Mary’s (Md.) 4-1 in their opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but came up short in the second contest, as the Bison were defeated 5-0 to give the teams a split of the twin bill.
In the first game, the Bison received a great performance from pitcher Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who after giving up two base hits in the first inning, surrendered only one more hit over the final six en route to picking up his second win of the year. He also did a masterful job keeping the Seahawk hitters off balance, striking out five, while issuing only one free pass.
After St. Mary’s notched a run in the top of the first, the Bison would respond in the home half, scoring two runs to take a 2-1 lead. After Zac Edmiston (California, Pa./California) and Dominic Controguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison) reached base on back-to-back singles, Chris Koegel (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) would draw a walk, juicing the bases for Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly). Miller would do his job, reaching base on an error by the short stop, which would score Edmiston. Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) would then conclude the scoring, driving in Controguerra for second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly.
The Bison would extend the advantage to 3-1 in the third inning after Miller notched his second RBI of the day, driving in Edmiston on a base hit.
Bethany would conclude the scoring (4-1) in the fifth inning, when Controguerra drove in Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) on a sacrifice fly.
Offensively the Bison were led by Miller, Controguerra and Wassel. Miller recorded a hit and two RBI, while Controguerra and Wassel both tallied an RBI apiece. Edmiston set the table well for the offense, crossing the plate in both the first and third innings.
In game 2 the Bison ran into some stout pitching, as they were only able to muster six hits over seven innings.
Leading the way for the Bison were Cory Myers (Verona, Pa./Plum) and Leto. Myers recorded two hits, while Leto registered a double. Zack Miller (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin), Derek Miller and Edmiston also recorded a base hit each.
The Bison will conclude their spring break trip on Friday, March 21, when they battle the Cyclones of Centenary College. First pitch is slated for 10:00 a.m.