April 24 - BETHANY, W.Va. – A pair of ninth-inning errors opened the door for Penn State-Fayette to score two runs and come away with a 5-4 victory over the Bethany College baseball team in a non-conference game at Bethany Park Tuesday afternoon.
It was a Fayette error that allowed the Bison (13-19) to take the lead in the first. Senior T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) hit a leadoff single, was sacrificed to second, stole third and scored on the Lions’ miscue. Bethany plated three more runs in the fourth inning to build a 4-0 lead. Freshman Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) swatted a leadoff homer, his fourth of the year, to open the frame.
The final two runs came on an RBI double from sophomore Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) and a sacrifice fly by Zarewicz. Bethany’s pitchers made it stand early, as junior Trent Cornwell (Grove City, Ohio) threw three scoreless innings to start, freshman Cory Myers (Verona, Pa./Plum) followed with two shutout frames and then freshman Harrison Rightmyer (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson) blanked the Lions in the sixth.
Fayette got on the board for the first time in the seventh by scoring three times to trim the Bethany lead to 4-3. After a scoreless eighth, the Lions’ rally started with an error to begin the ninth and another error scored the tying run and put the fifth rally at third. Despite getting a double play, the go-ahead run scored, leaving the Bison trying to mount their own rally in the ninth. The Green and White could not put a scoring chance together and Fayette came away with the victory.
Bethany turned in nine hits in the defeat, with Miller and junior Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) posting two apiece.
The Bison will now turn their attention to their final six games, which are all PAC tilts. On Friday, BC will travel to Westminster for a single, nine-inning game to begin the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled to be delivered at 3 p.m.