March 15 – FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Bison baseball program (2-2) saw their bats come alive in the first game of their spring break trip, as they dismantled the Hawks of Hilbert College, 17-3 on Saturday afternoon.
The Bison struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Zac Edmiston (California, Pa./California) singled and came around to score on an error to make the tally 1-0 in favor of Bethany.
After tacking on another run in the bottom of the second inning, the flood gates opened for the Bison in the bottom of the third. The big inning was highlighted by RBI hits from Zack Miller (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin), Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) and Edmiston, as the Bison scored seven runs to take a 9-0 lead.
The Bison would not be finished, however, and plated seven more scores in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Once again, Leto, Edmiston and Miller all got into the action, as did Luke Flaus (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) and Derek Miller (Rayland, Ohio/Linsley) who all added RBI hits, to balloon the advantage to 16-0.
Bethany would go on to add one more run en route to the 17-3 victory, in the shortened seven inning game.
There was no shortage of solid play for the Bison who pounded the Hilbert pitching staff. Six hitters combined for 15 hits, 10 RBIs and 13 runs scored in the game.
The Bison were led by Edmiston who went 3-for-5 at the plate on the day. He notched two extra-base hits and drove in four runs, while scoring three of his own. Zack Miller reached base three times in four at bats, which included two hits and a walk. He drove in two runs on the day while notching a double and scoring twice.
Other players registering multiple hits in the contest included Dominic Controguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison), Leto and Wassel. Controguerra finished the day with four hits while Leto had three and Wassel finished with a pair.
Not to be overlooked in the offensive explosion was the solid pitching performance of junior Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward), who held Hilbert to seven hits over seven strong innings. The junior pitched his first complete game of the season while striking out seven and allowing just eight base runners and two extra-base hits.
The Bison will be back in action on Sunday when they take on Western Connecticut State. First pitch is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.