LATE SURGE GIVES BISON 13-2 WIN AT PENN STATE-FAYETTE
April 27 - UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Already ahead by four runs, the Bethany College baseball team (18-13) pushed in five more in the eighth inning and a pair in the ninth to pull away for a 13-2 non-conference victory at Penn State-Fayette Tuesday afternoon.
The Bison grabbed an early lead with three runs in the first frame. A Lion error allowed the opening run to score, which was followed by a sacrifice fly by junior 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and an RBI single by junior LF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands). BC’s fourth run also came from Pegg’s bat, as his two-out single in the third inning scored freshman 3B Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell), although a solo home run by Fayette made it a 4-1 game after three innings.
The Lions (15-15) trimmed another run off Bethany’s lead with a score in the fifth, but the Green and White answered back with two runs in the sixth. An error, single and sacrifice bunt set the table for sophomore DH Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional) and Kubis to collect RBIs with fielder’s choices that took the Bison lead to 6-2 after six frames.
After Fayette’s run in the fifth, BC’s freshman pitcher Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./ Elizabeth Forward) set the Lions down in order in the next two innings. That allowed Bethany to put the game away in the eighth with five runs. Kubis delivered the big blow with a two-run single, which was followed by Fudala’s second sacrifice fly of the game, an RBI single by senior LF Mark Cummings (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and a run-scoring double from Pegg. The final two runs came across in the ninth on an RBI single from sophomore 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) and then a double play.
Bethany used three pitchers in the win and all delivered solid outings. Junior Zach Grayson (McKeesport, Pa./South Allegheny) started and threw three innings, allowing one run on one hit. Styche would throw the next four innings, giving up one run on three hits and struck out three to earn the win and even his record at 1-1. Junior Mike Kochman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Serra Catholic) fired two scoreless frames to close out the win.
With the sticks, the Bison pounded out 17 hits, led by Dillinger’s 4-for-6 effort, which included four runs, and Pegg going 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Kubis posted another strong day with three hits, three RBIs and three runs.
Bethany will be back in action Wednesday when they host Saint Vincent to complete their three-game series. The teams split their first two meetings last week, with the Bearcats pulling out a 7-6 win in their final at-bat and BC claiming a wild 17-14 victory in the second game. First pitch Wednesday at Bethany Park is scheduled for 3 p.m.