April 21 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bison softball team (14-20, 8-6 PAC) completed the home portion of their 2014 schedule, earning a split with Marietta College in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. The Bison dropped game one by a 4-0 score, before rallying to take game two, 5-4.
In game one, the Bison ran into a solid pitching performance by Marietta’s Alexis O’Hair, as the Green & White mustered three hits in a 4-0 defeat.
The Pioneers took advantage of a Bison miscue to score four runs in the top of the second innings, registering the only runs of the ball game.
Despite allowing four runs in the contest, junior Kelsey Bish (Landisville, Ohio/Hempfield) pitched well, going the distance while not allowing an earned run over seven innings of work. The righty allowed just five hits and walked three while striking out four in the game.
Offensively, the Bison were led in game one by junior Emili Garretson (Winfield, W. Va./Winfield) who finished the game going two-for-three at the dish. Kadie Kelly (Royal Oak, Md./St. Michaels) recorded the team’s only other hit in the contest, finishing the game one-for-two.
In game number two, the Bison sought redemption and jumped out to a 5-0 lead before holding on for a 5-4 victory to earn the split.
Bethany got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning, striking for three runs to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Kayla Kelly (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) led off the frame with a base hit to left and moved to third base on a single by Sarah Coss (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara). After a walk issued to Marissa Bosley (New Martinsville, W. Va./Magnolia) loaded the bases, Taylor Solomon (Beltsville, Md./Elizabeth Seton) recorded the games first RBI on a RBI groundout, scoring Kelly to give Bethany a 1-0 lead.
The next batter in the inning was Kadie Kelly, who hit a long fly ball to center field, allowing Coss to score on the sacrifice fly, to put the Green & White up 2-0. Jessica Kusnierz (New Castle, Pa./Shenango) rounded out the scoring in the frame, singling home Bosley to stake the home team to a 3-0 lead.
After starter Kiersten Conwell (Washington, Pa./Chartiers Houston) retired the Pioneers in the third inning, the Bison tacked on two more runs off of starter Trinity Schlabach. Deanna Mihalco (Patterson, N.Y./Brewster) led off the frame with a base knock, and moved to second on a passed ball. After Kayla Kelly reached base and Mihalco moved to third on a wild pitch, Kelly was moved to third on another passed ball, putting runners at second and third. The next batter was Coss, who took advantage of the opportunity, roping a single to right center, scoring both runners to give Bethany a 5-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Pioneers made things interesting, registering four runs on three hits. With Marietta threatening with runners on first and third and the score at 5-4, Conwell shut the door, getting Hannah Tarski to ground out and preserve the 5-4 lead.
In the final two innings of the game, junior Kadie Kelly came in looking to help the Bison hold on to the victory. Kelly pitched well over the final two innings, facing the minimum while striking out four of the six batters she faced to earn her first save of the year and give the Bison the 5-4 win.
Offensively, the Bison were led in game two by Coss’ two-for-three effort. She added two RBI while also scoring a run in the win. Solomon, Kadie Kelly and Kusnierz all added a RBI in the game.
The Bison are now in the home stretch as they make a push toward the Presidents’ Athletic Conference playoffs. Bethany will play three doubleheaders in the next four days, starting with a non-conference bout with Franciscan University on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. Bethany will then take to the road for conference contests with Saint Vincent (April 24) and W&J (April 26).