May 2 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany baseball team dropped both ends of a PAC doubleheader Saturday afternoon to visiting Grove City, as the Wolverines scored 5-0 and 9-8 wins.
Wolverine starter Mike Herringshaw was the story of the first game, as he blanked BC on seven hits in the win. Of the seven hits, only one went for extra-bases, a one-out double by sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) in the fifth inning.
Grove City (15-17, 8-9) supplied their starter with enough offense in the fourth inning by scoring four runs. They added one more in the fifth off starter Josh Eckleberger (Beaver, Pa.), who turned in a solid outing on Senior Day. He tossed his second complete game of the season and allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking three.
In game two, GCC scored three times in the first inning, but Bethany answered with one in the first and three more in the second to take a 4-3 lead. Dillinger started a big nightcap with a leadoff single in the first and eventually scored on a ground out by freshman DH Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional).
Dillinger also played a role in the second inning, as his two-out RBI double brought in freshman catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) for the first run of the inning. A throwing error by Grove City on the next batter allowed two more to touch home and BC (3-31, 2-15) had their first lead of the day at 4-3.
The Bison added another tally to the board in the fifth when junior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) scored on a double play but Grove City bounced back into the game behind a couple home run balls. A two-run shot by Scott Moran tied the score at 5-5 in the fifth. After one RBI double in the sixth gave GCC the lead, Moran ripped another two-bagger to bring in a run and Marcus Magister capped the inning with a two-run blast to left for a 9-5 Wolverine margin.
Needing a big rally in the seventh, Bethany nearly erased all of the visitors’ advantage. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases with no outs for junior RF Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central) and he delivered a two-run single up the middle to trim the deficit to 9-7. The Bison were able to get within a run, but it came at a heavy price, as a double play scored one, but left BC with no one on base and two away. Grove City was able to close out their second win of the day with a ground out to shortstop.
Dillinger led Bethany’s 14-hit attack by going 4-for-4 at the plate, as well as scoring twice and knocking in one. Leasure had a pair of hits and RBIs, while Packer and sophomore 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) both had two hits and scored a run.
Sophomore Mike Muklewicz (Bridgeport, Ohio) started for BC and went the first four and a third innings. He was relieved by sophomore Adam Nyswaner (McDonald, Pa./South Fayette), who broke his own Bethany single-season record by appearing in his 20th game of the season.
Bethany will close out the regular season next week with single games on Monday and Tuesday. The will travel to Grove City Monday for the final PAC match-up of the season at 3 p.m. The next day, the Bison will host Pitt-Greensburg in a 4 p.m. start at Bethany Park in a non-conference tilt.