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LEAD SLIPS AWAY LATE AS BISON LOSE TWO AT MUSKINGUM
April 21 - NEW CONCORD, Ohio – After losing in the first game 9-1, the Bethany baseball team saw a 4-2 lead slip away in the seventh and they dropped a 6-5 eight-inning decision in game two at Muskingum Tuesday afternoon.
In the nightcap, the Bison jumped in front with three runs in the second without the benefit of a hit. Four walks and two errors were the keys to the inning, as RBIs went to freshman catcher Alejandro Texiera (Miami, Fla./Homestead) on a fielder’s choice, junior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) on a bases-loaded walk and sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) with a ground out.
After Muskingum (18-14) scored their initial run in the third, Bethany (3-24) answered back in the fourth. Cummins reached on an infield single for BC’s first hit of the game, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and came home on a Dillinger double for a 4-1 Bison lead.
The hosts clipped one run off their deficit with a tally in the sixth and went into the last of the seventh down by two. Bethany sophomore Mike Muklewicz (Bridgeport, Ohio) had limited the Muskies to two runs on seven hits through the first six frames, but consecutive doubles to start the seventh put runners on second and third and chased the BC starter. Muskingum managed to tie the game off senior Scott Fraley (New Salem, Pa./Brownsville) with a sacrifice fly and single to even the score at 4-4 and send the contest to extra innings.
Bethany reclaimed the lead in the eighth inning when Cummins slapped a two-out RBI single for a 5-4 advantage. However, the advantage was short lived, as after a pop up to start the inning, a walk and three consecutive singles pushed the tying and winning runs across for the Muskies.
The Bison finished the game with seven hits, led by Cummins, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and one run scored.
In the opener, BC was held scoreless until the seventh inning when Dillinger doubled with two outs and scored on a single by freshman 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby). The run just prevented a shutout for Muskingum, as the hosts scored five times in the third inning, added one more in the fifth and put the game away with three in the sixth.
The Bison will be on the road again for their next contest, as they travel to Saint Vincent for a single, nine-inning game in Latrobe, Pa., at 2 p.m. Wednesday.