AUSTIN, Texas — Bethany College’s baseball team completed a season-opening, four-game series with Huston-Tilloston University by winning three of four games after splitting on Sunday.
"We are heading back to Kansas 3-1 and although it was a productive weekend, losing a one-run game to end the series still leaves a bitter taste in our mouth," Bethany coach Andrew Bartman said. "However, we have now seen our guys compete against someone else, so we have a better idea of what we need to cover in practice."
In the first game Sunday, the Swedes and Rams each plated one run in the first inning. The squads stayed in a 1-1 deadlock until the fourth when Bethany tacked on two runs and allowed one, taking a 4-2 lead. The Swedes added another run in the fifth, and held a 5-2 advantage until the seventh. Bethany drove home six runs in the seventh, and despite allowing three Huston-Tillotson runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Swedes held on for an 11-7 victory.
Senior right-handed pitcher Jordan Geiger earned the complete game win for Bethany, recording eight strikeouts and zero walks.
Senior Christian Ornelas went 2 for 5 with one stolen base, while junior Nicholas Ceccarelli was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Senior Nick Lucchesi added two runs scored while going 2 for 4, and senior Daniel Hordo went 2-2 with a stolen base and one run batted in.
After a scoreless first inning in game two, Bethany jumped ahead 1-0 through two innings of play. The Rams tied the game at one in the bottom of the fourth, and plated two in the fifth to lead the Swedes 3-1. Bethany responded with one run in the sixth to cut the deficit to 3-2 and that’s where the game finished.
Senior Dan Eck threw the complete game for the Swedes, striking out five and walking one while allowing one earned run.
Senior Aaron Huerta was 2 for 3 with one run batted in and one run scored as Geiger went 1 for 3 with one run scored. Lucchesi added a 1 for 3 performance with a double and an RBI.
Bethany returns to action Feb. 8-9 at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Okla. The squads face off in a 9-inning game Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., and a noon doubleheader on Feb. 9.