April 3 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team was swept by defending league champion Washington & Jefferson Saturday at home, which dropped their record to 9-5 overall and 1-4 in the PAC.
A bout of wildness cost the Bison in the second game, as they walked 11 batters and also committed three errors that led to eight unearned runs in a 20-4 Presidents’ win. Freshman 3B Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) was the lone BC player with two hits, as he roped two singles, and sophomore T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) was tagged with the loss on the mound to drop his record to 3-1.
In the first game, Bethany was staked out to a three-run lead until a W&J explosion in the fifth inning turned the tide. The Bison scored the opening two runs in the first, with one coming on a Presidents error and the other coming on an RBI single by junior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands).
W&J answered with three runs in the second, but Bethany bounced back to score four times and take a 6-3 lead after two innings. Junior RF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) singled to start the inning and came all the way around to score when junior catcher Josh Lawrence’s (Mather, Pa./Jefferson-Morgan) sacrifice attempt was thrown away by the Presidents. Freshman SS Ryan Owens (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) brought in Lawrence with an infield single and the inning was capped when Kubis ripped a two-run single through the right side.
The Bison held that lead until the fifth inning. W&J’s Andy Trettel belted a two-run homer to bring the visitors within one. Later, a fielding error helped keep the inning alive and the Presidents took advantage with a bases-loaded infield single to tie the game. Then a two-run single and a two-run triple put W&J in front 10-6 and that’s where the score stood at the end.
Bethany actually out-hit the Presidents for the game 12-10, led by Kubis, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Also managing two hits was Fudala and Pegg. Junior Mike Kochman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Serra Catholic) suffered the loss after pitching the first 4 1/3 innings and allowing seven runs, only four of which were earned.
The Bison will try to get back on track Monday when they host Case Western Reserve in a non-conference doubleheader at 2 p.m.