April 22 - LATROBE, Pa. – After totaling 14 hits in an 11-5 victory in Sunday’s first game, the Bethany College baseball team used strong pitching to take a 4-2 triumph over Saint Vincent and take the PAC series from the Bearcats.
The first game was a seven-inning make-up of the nightcap from Saturday’s twinbill that was postponed because of field conditions at Bethany. Sunday’s second game was the originally scheduled nine-inning contest between the teams. With the two wins, the Bison are now 13-18 and 7-11 in the conference, while SVC falls to 20-13 and 10-10.
The early part of the first game saw the teams match runs, as the game was tied 4-4 after two frames. The key innings were the fourth and fifth when BC plated three runs in each and then added the final run in the sixth. Junior Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) had the big hit in the fourth inning with a two-run single and sloppy Saint Vincent defense played a big role, as SVC made five errors in the final three innings.
The Bethany offense was sparked by senior Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional), who was 3-for-4 with three RBI, and junior Alex Evans (Washington, Pa.), who had three hits and scored twice. Other contributors included Ziants, who had two singles, two RBI and two runs scored, senior T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills), who had two hits and scored twice, and sophomore Dominic Contuguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison), who scored three runs.
Taking the win on the mound was junior Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward). He improved to 3-4 for the season after allowing five runs, although only two were earned, on 10 hits and he struck out four in six and a third innings of work.
The pitchers controlled most of the action in the second game. Bison freshman Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) and Saint Vincent’s Jared Haller were both stingy on the bats. Bethany did manage to score twice in the second inning, with one run scoring on an error and the other scoring on a single by freshman Dan Weller (Millersville, Md./Old Mill). The Bearcats took advantage of two walks in the third inning to score their first run without the benefit of a hit and the score stood at 2-1 Bison after three innings.
That’s where the score stood until the seventh when Bethany struck for two more on an RBI single by Zarewicz and a fielder’s choice by sophomore Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH). Saint Vincent mounted a challenge in the bottom of the seventh by loading the bases with one out against Meier. Bethany closer Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) was brought in and minimized the damage to one run to keeo BC in front 4-2.
Kubis would have to avoid trouble in the final two innings. A double play thwarted a scoring threat in the eighth and in the ninth, a pair of one-out singles brought the potential winning run to the plate. But Kubis closed the door with two punchouts and the Bison claimed the series.
Meier earned the victory to improve to 4-1 this season, as he went six and a third innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Kubis threw two and two-thirds scoreless frames to pick up his fifth save of the campaign. At the plate, freshman Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) had three of the team’s seven hits and scored two runs. Packer had another solid game with two runs scored.
Bethany is slated to return to the field Tuesday with a non-conference home game against Penn State-Fayette at 4 p.m.