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Offensive Explosion Propels Bison Past Grove City For Series Sweep

April 9 – GROVE CITY, Pa. – Using a seven-run third inning, the Bison baseball team (12-5, 7-2 PAC) grabbed their eighth-straight victory, defeating Grove City 15-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

After both teams were held scoreless in the first two innings, the Bison bats exploded, tying a season-high seven runs in the third frame. After back-to-back singles by Luke Flaus (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) and Chris Kogel (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area), Dylan Wassel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) would knock Flaus in from second on a RBI base hit. The next batter, Cory Myers (Verona, Pa./Plum), would earn a free pass, loading the bases for Zack Miller (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin). He would come through in a big way, lacing a two-run single to give the Bison a 3-0 lead. The following batter, Dominic Controguerra (Richmond, Ohio/Edison), would continue the fun, driving in Koegel on a RBI single. The onslaught was concluded with Zac Edmiston (California, Pa./California) earning a bases-loaded walk and a Flaus two-RBI double.  

Bethany would strike again in the next inning, as both Juls Leto (McKees Rocks, Pa./OLSH) and Miller recorded RBI base hits, pushing the advantage to 9-0.

The Green & White were not done, however, as they tacked on five more runs in the eighth inning, extending the lead to 14-0. The Bison received RBI hits in the frame from Miller, Leto, Ryan Bisi (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) and Adam Becker (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township).  

The Bison would push their lead out to 15-0 in the ninth inning, after Troy Lafferty (Crescent, Pa./Moon Area) drove in Ethan Tobin (Bethesda, Ohio/Union Local) on a RBI single. Bethany would go on to win by the same count.

Earning his second win of the year for the Bison was Edmiston. He finished the game by striking out nine Grove City batters in six innings of work. Scattering only four hits, he didn’t allow a single run. Dan Petrella (Coraopolis, Pa./Montour) got extended work from the bullpen, working three scoreless innings for the save.

Leading the way for the Bison offense was Miller and Wassel. Miller had a banner day, driving in four runs on three hits. He also scored three runs and earned a free pass. Wassel also had a standout performance, collecting three hits, three runs and an RBI.

Others that made their presence known included Leto, Flaus and Becker. Leto and Flaus both drove in two runs apiece, while Becker registered a two-run double.

The Bison will be back in action on Friday, April 11, when they travel to Beaver Falls, Pa., for a matchup with Geneva College. First pitch is slated for 4:00 p.m.