May 4 - GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Bethany baseball team lost a 12-8 decision at Grove City Monday afternoon, which clinched a berth in this weekend’s PAC Baseball Tournament for the Wolverines.
A two-out RBI single by freshman DH Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) gave the Bison a 1-0 lead in the first, but Grove City (16-17, 9-9) responded with runs in the first and second to take a 2-1 lead. BC answered back with two runs in the third frame, one coming on a wild pitch to score sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) and a ground out by sophomore 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) to bring in another.
The Bison defense played a big role in Grove City taking control with six runs in the last of the third. An error to lead off the inning was followed by a two-run homer from GCC catcher Marcus Magister to put the hosts on top. Bethany would make two more errors and one passed ball to aid in the Wolverines scoring four more times, all unearned, to go in front 8-3.
In the fourth, Bethany cut into their deficit with two runs. Senior 3B Scott Fraley (New Salem, Pa./Brownsville) singled and moved to third on a double by junior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional). Freshman SS Chad Stephen (Barnesville, Ohio) singled in Fraley and Cummins came home on a wild pitch to make it an 8-5 GCC lead through four innings.
The Wolverines built their margin to 12-5 by scoring two times in the sixth and seventh innings. Bethany (3-32, 2-16) was able to score a trio of runs in the eighth, but would get no closer. BC’s final tallies came on a two-run homer from Cummins, the first of his career, and a sacrifice fly by Packer.
The Bison notched 12 hits in the defeat, led by Stephen, who was 3-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Cummins contributed a double, home run, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Packer had a pair of hits and drove in two. Rounding out the BC players with multiple hits was Dillinger and Fraley, who both had two singles and scored twice.
Bethany will close out the regular season Tuesday afternoon with a home game against Pitt-Greensburg. The non-conference tilt at Bethany Park will begin at 4 p.m.