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March 16 - FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Rutgers-Camden took advantage of wild pitching to score nine runs in the first innings and go on to defeat the Bethany College baseball team 12-3 Friday in the Bison’s final game of their Florida trip.

Bethany returns north with a record of 1-5 and will open up its home schedule Tuesday with a non-conference twinbill against Pitt-Greensburg at 1 p.m.

A walk and two hit batters to open the game paved the way for Rutgers-Camden (5-5) to score five times in the first inning. Then in the second, RCU had the first three batters reach base again and would strike for four runs to build a 9-0 lead after two innings.

The margin grew to 10-0 in the fifth with an unearned run, but the Bison offense pushed a trio of runs across in the bottom of the fifth. Senior catcher T.J. Zarewicz (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills), who had three hits in the game, stroked a one-out single and raced to third following an error. Junior DH Brad Kubis (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) dropped a single into right field for the first run. An error on a ball hit by sophomore LF Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) brought in the second and freshman CF Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) lined an RBI single to left for the final tally.

The Bison comeback attempt faltered after the fifth, as Camden scored a pair of runs in the seventh and BC was set down in order in three of the final four innings. Bethany finished the afternoon with eight hits, with Zarewicz going 3-for-5 and scoring a run and Kubis finishing 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.

The loss on the mound went to junior Ryan Styche (Buena Vista, Pa./Elizabeth Forward), who the opening three innings. Freshman Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) was solid in the middle three innings, allowing just one unearned run on one hit.