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LATE RALLY BOOSTS BISON TO 8-5 VICTORY OVER DELAWARE VALLEY
March 18 - FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Bethany College baseball team completed its trip to Florida by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to rally for an 8-5 triumph over Delaware Valley Friday, giving the Bison a 4-2 record on their southern swing.
A run in the second inning gave BC a 1-0 advantage, but the Aggies pushed four runs across in the third to take the lead and Bethany was forced to come from behind the rest of the day. The Bison scored solo tallies in the fourth and sixth frames to trim the deficit to one, but Del Valley extended the margin to 5-3 with a run in the seventh.
That set the stage for the deciding bottom of the seventh inning, as Bethany struck for five runs to move in front 8-5. The Bison bullpen would protect the lead from there, as senior Mike Kochman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Serra Catholic) tossed a scoreless eighth inning and sophomore Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) held the Aggies without a run in the ninth despite a walk and hit batter, as he nailed down his second save of the year.
It was also the 14th save in Kubis’ young career, leaving him one away from tying Ian Edwards (2003-06) for the most by a Bison in a career in the program’s history.
Pacing the big hitters for BC was senior CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.), who had a single and triple and drove in four. Sophomore Chuck Ziants (Moundsville, W.Va./John Marshall) also belted a triple and had one RBI and senior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) smacked a single and double and drove in one.
In addition to securing the save, Kubis hit two singles, as did freshman SS Taylor Fortney (Houston, Texas/Spring Hill), and junior Alex Evans (Washington, Pa.) stroked an RBI single.
Picking up the victory on the hill for Bethany was freshman Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.), who pitched the seventh inning and struck out one. The starter for the Green and White was sophomore Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who threw six innings and struck out six while walking one and hitting one batter.
Bethany will be back in action up north on Tuesday when it travels to Penn State-Beaver for a single game at 3 p.m.