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Solid Bethany Pitching Not Enough in Sweep to Thiel

April 2 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team received solid pitching in both games of Tuesday’s PAC doubleheader with Thiel, but the Tomcats was just a little better as they went home with 3-0 and 3-1 victories over the Bison.

In game one, Thiel’s Nick Rossmiller threw a gem, allowing just one hit in seven innings of work. That one hit was a flared single off the bat of freshman LF Haydon Stanley (Wheeling, W.Va./Linsly) in the second inning. Rossmiller, who threw a perfect game earlier this season, allowed just three total base runners in the contest.

On the mound for the Bison was freshman Tyler Mayo (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley), who was making his first collegiate start. He struggled at the start, walking the first two batters and had bases loaded with no one out, but minimized the damage by allowing just one run. He would throw four innings and allow two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Mayo, who would be tagged with the loss, was followed by freshman Joe Hoffman (Allison Park, Pa./Deer Lakes), who gave up one run in one inning, and sophomore Dan Petrella (Coraopolis, Pa./Montour), who struck out a pair in two perfect innings of relief.

Bethany hoped to get the offense going in the nightcap but it was Thiel who scored first with two runs in the opening inning. The Bison were hitless in the first two innings, but put together a rally in the third. Sophomore CF Derek Miller (right - Rayland, Ohio/Linsly) doubled down the left field line to start the frame, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on an error to trim to the Tomcat lead to 2-1.

That would be the only run of the game for Bethany, although they did manage two more scoring chances. In the sixth, junior 1B Zac Edmiston (California, Pa.) singled with one out and moved to second when junior RF Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) reached on an error, but a strike out and fly out ended the inning.

Thiel scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh, but Bethany managed to bring the tying run to the plate in their final at-bat when Miller singled with two outs. He would move up two bases on a pair of wild pitches, but a strikeout ended the game and gave the sweep to Thiel.

Bethany’s game two starter was junior Zak Kozlowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) and he went six and a third innings. He gave up three runs, two earned, on eight hits and whiffed three while walking one.

The Bison will be back on the diamond Thursday afternoon with a single non-conference game at LaRoche at 3 p.m.