April 23 - LATROBE, Pa. – Although they posted a 19-14 advantage in hits, the Bethany baseball team couldn’t overcome 11 stranded runners in dropping a 12-7 decision at Saint Vincent Thursday afternoon.
The Bison pounded out six hits while scoring four times in the second to start the scoring. Sophomore CF Tyler Dillinger (McKeesport, Pa.) hit a two-run double and freshman SS Chad Stephen (Barnesville, Ohio) and freshman 1B Nate Tieman (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) collected RBI singles.
After the Bearcats (7-26) scored three in the bottom of the second, Bethany (3-25) tallied two runs in the third, one coming on a single by junior LF Mark Cummins (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and another off an error for a 6-3 BC advantage.
A crucial Bethany error in the fourth opened the door for a big Saint Vincent inning. The Bearcats scored twice, but a two-out error kept the frame going and they took advantage by scoring four more times to take a 9-6 lead. The Bison were able to get one run back in the fifth when a ground out by Cummins that scored sophomore 2B Eric Fudala (Uniontown, Pa/Laurel Highlands).
Saint Vincent answered back with solo scores in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings and then held off Bison threats the rest of the way. Bethany left one runner on in the seventh, two were stranded and one more didn’t make it around in the ninth as BC finished with a season-high 11 men left on base.
Pacing Bethany’s 19-hit attack was three players who all went 4-for-5, including Tieman (one RBI), Fudala (three runs) and freshman DH Anthony Packer (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley Regional). Sophomore RF Mike Pegg (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) and freshman catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) both went 2-for-5 as well, with Pegg adding a pair of runs.
Senior Josh Eckelberger (Beaver, Pa.) started and suffered the loss. He threw the first three and two-thirds innings and was charged with nine runs, although only five were earned.
The Bison will be on the road for three games this weekend. They will travel to Penn State Behrend for a single contest Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. and then go to Fredonia State (N.Y.) Sunday for a doubleheader.