April 9 - BETHANY, W.Va. – A two-out error in the sixth inning led to five unearned runs and Waynesburg (8-13, 4-6) went on to pull away for a 17-6 victory over the Bethany College baseball team (10-8, 2-5) Friday in the opener of a three-game PAC series.
The Bison’s defensive troubles started in the first inning, as two errors helped the Yellow Jackets score four times. Bethany would take advantage of Waynesburg issues in the bottom of the first to plate five runs. Two walks to start the frame led the way to RBI singles from sophomore RF Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) and freshman 3B Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell). Junior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) collected one RBI on an error and the miscue allowed another run to score. The final tally of the inning came on a fielder’s choice off the bat of freshman SS Ryan Owens (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland).
The Yellow Jackets evened the score at 5-5 with a solo run in the second inning and then regained the lead in the fourth with a trio of scores, one unearned because of a leadoff error. BC was able to manufacture a run in the bottom of the fourth when junior CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) singled with two outs, stole second, and scored on an RBI single from sophomore 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) to cut the Waynesburg lead to 8-6.
In the sixth inning, Waynesburg had runners on first and second with two outs when a Bethany error on a grounder loaded the bases. The Jackets took immediate advantage with a two-run single, two-run double and RBI single and the five unearned runs swelled the visitors’ lead to 13-6. In the seventh inning, the Bison’s sixth error of the game, which led to 10 unearned runs in the contest, led to four more Waynesburg runs to cap the scoring and give the Yellow Jackets the first game of the series.
The only Bison player to manage multiple hits was Packer, who went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Dillinger had just one single, but walked three times and scored twice in the setback.
Taking the loss on the hill was junior starter Mike Kochman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Serra Catholic), who threw 3+ innings and fell to 1-3.
The teams will complete their conference set with a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Waynesburg, with first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 2 p.m.