April 19 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After having its offense held in check in a 4-1 loss in game one, the Bethany College baseball team rebounded to take a 9-3 victory in the second game and take a split from its non-conference doubleheader Thursday against Mount Aloysius.
In the first game, the BC trio of junior Trent Cornwell (Grove City, Ohio), freshman Cory Myers (Verona, Pa./Plum) and junior David Pivik (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) allowed four runs, two earned, on eight hits, but their solid efforts weren’t enough, as four Mounties’ pitchers limited the Bison to one unearned run on five hits. That run came in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by junior Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell).
Bethany threatened again in the seventh with leadoff singles by senior T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) and sophomore Tanner Werkmann (Germantown, Md./Poolesville) and an error put them on second and third. However, a strikeout, pop up and ground out left the two runners stranded and Bethany with a 4-1 defeat. Cornwell was the starter and suffered the loss, while Zarewicz and junior Alex Evans (Washington, Pa.) had two hits each at the plate.
Game two began with two walks and a wild pitch playing a big part in Mount Aloysius scoring twice in the first. The Bison (11-17) jumped into the lead with four runs in the second. Two scored on a pair of errors, while Evans picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and senior Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) singled in another.
In the third inning, freshman Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) belted a leadoff solo home run, his third of the season, to take the BC lead to 5-3 after the Mounties scored once in the third. The Green and White added lots of insurances in the fourth with four runs on just one hit. After a balk and a wild pitch brought in two runs, Zarewicz lofted a sacrifice fly and Miller grounded out for the final run of the game.
Three Bison managed a pair of hits in the game, led by Miller’s two extra-base hits. Kubis was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and Tieman had two singles, walked once, drove in one and scored once. On the mound, after the rocky first inning, freshman Harrison Rightmyer (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson) came in from the bullpen and threw four strong innings. He allowed one run on three hits to grab the win and improve to 2-0 this year.
Bethany will return to action this weekend with a PAC series against Saint Vincent. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at Bethany Park at 1 p.m. and the series will conclude Sunday with a single game at Saint Vincent.