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Costly Errors Sink Bison in 5-4 Loss at Pitt-Greensburg

May 1 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team battled Pitt-Greensburg down to the wire, but five errors proved to be too much to overcome, as they led to four unearned runs in a 5-4 Bobcat victory Thursday in Greensburg.

The Bison grabbed the lead in the second inning without the benefit of a hit, as an error, walk and sacrifice set up an RBI ground out by freshman Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe). The lead went away in the bottom of the second, as a passed ball on a strikeout put a runner on that eventually scored and another error a few batters later plated a second unearned run in the inning for a 2-1 UPG lead. The margin grew to 3-1 in the third when a wild pitch brought in another run for the home team.

8654Kubis13.jpg In the fifth inning, it was Bethany who took advantage of Bobcat errors. Two Pitt-Greensburg misplays keyed the rally, which saw senior Brad Kubis (right - Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) hit an RBI single and junior Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) bring one home with a double. The third run of the inning came home on another Greensburg miscue and Bethany was back on top 4-3.

The Bison missed a chance to add on when they left the bases loaded in the seventh and UPG took advantage with the tying and go-ahead runs in bottom of the seventh. Three Bethany errors led to the two unearned runs and allowed the Bobcats to take a 5-4 lead. The Green and White mounted a threat in the eighth by putting runners on first and third with one out, but the lead runner was thrown out in a run down and then a strikeout ended the frame.

In the ninth, Bethany was retired in order and the Bobcats edged out another close win over the Bison, who had just five hits in the game. Kubis was the lone BC player to have two hits, while Wassel had the double, drove in one and scored once.

The starting assignment on the hill went to freshman right-hander Joe Giles (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox), who threw five innings and allowed three runs, one earned, and struck out four. Suffering the loss was freshman Tyler Mayo (Cranberry, Pa./Seneca Valley).

The regular season will come to a close for the Bison Saturday afternoon when they travel to Penn State Behrend for a non-conference doubleheader at 1 p.m.