April 22 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College baseball team ran into a red-hot hitting Washington & Jefferson squad Tuesday afternoon at Bethany Park, as the Presidents scored 15-5 and 15-4 triumphs over the Bison.
Trouble loomed for BC (9-23, 1-7) from the start of the day, as W&J (18-12, 6-6) raced out to a 6-0 lead after three innings. Bethany took advantage of a President error to score their first run in the fourth, but the visitors jumped on the Bison bullpen for three runs in the fifth inning and five in the sixth to take a comfortable advantage.
The Bison managed to score four more times in the contest, two coming in the sixth on a two-run double from junior Milton Joyner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Westinghouse). The last two came in the eighth, one on a fielder’s choice by Joyner and the other on a sacrifice fly from sophomore 1B Chris Leasure (Stafford, Ohio/Monroe Central).
BC totaled eight hits in the game with Joyner leading the way by going 2-for-4 and driving in three. In addition, senior 2B Anthony Talotta (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) had two singles and scored a run.
Joyner was also the Bison’s starting pitcher but took the loss to fall to 3-4 on the year after giving up four runs on five hits in one and two-thirds innings.
W&J bolted to a big lead in the nightcap as well, pushing five runs across in the first and adding solo runs in the second and third. The Bison scored a run in the last of the second on a ground out by junior 3B Chris Jeffers (Woodsfield, Ohio/Monroe Central), but the Presidents added on with two in the fourth and three runs in the sixth.
The Bison put three more runs on the board in the late stages of the game. Leasure accounted for one when he mashed his sixth homer of the season, a solo blast, in the sixth. Senior LF R.J. Faldowski (Harrisville, Ohio/Buckeye Local) hit an RBI single in the seventh and freshman SS Nick Czapor (Liberty Boro, Pa./South Allegheny) hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth frame.
The Bison offense had 10 hits in the setback, with seven coming from two different players. Freshman CF Tyler Dillinger (White Oak, Pa./McKeesport) went 4-for-5 for the first four-hit game of his career, while Leasure was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
On the hill, freshman Brett Mazine (Monaca, Pa.) had his record dropped to 2-3 by giving up nine runs on nine hits in three innings.
The Bison will take the field again on Thursday when they host Capital (Ohio) University in a non-conference contest. The single, nine-inning game will begin at 4 p.m. at Bethany Park.