PLANO, Texas — The Bethany College baseball team rounded out its three-game series against the Rogers State Hillcats, a former NAIA now NCAA Division II program, by losing a 5-3 decision in a single, nine-inning game Sunday.
Rogers State’s win gave it a 2-1 record in the series.
Rogers State took an early 1-0 lead, scoring in the bottom of the second. The Swedes got on the board in the fourth as senior Jordan Geiger scored on an RBI-single by senior Daniel Hordo.
However, the Hillcats answered back with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to hold a 4-1 advantage. Rogers State added their fifth run in the bottom of the seventh.
Bethany responded with two runs in the eighth as senior Christian Ornelas scored on a Geiger RBI single, and junior Nick Ceccarelli scored on a Hillcats error on a ball hit by Hordo.
Geiger got the start for the Swedes, throwing five innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts and five walks. Senior Taylor Plante threw one inning in relief, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out one. Junior Andrew Gomez closed the game for Bethany, throwing two innings and allowing one hit, one earned run and one walk.
Hordo led the Bethany offensive attack with going 2 for 4 with two RBI. Geiger went 1 for 2 with an RBI and one run as Ornelas and Ceccarelli scored one run each. Ornelas and senior Nate Estores tacked on one hit apiece. Senior Nick Lucchesi recorded 12 putouts and one assist as Hordo contributed five putouts and one assist. Ceccarelli tallied five assists while Ornelas and Geiger tacked on three each.
"The two games we lost this weekend we played flat," Bethany coach Andrew Bartman said. "We battled at the end, but couldn't pull it out. We are now 4-3 overall, and we have lost those three games by a total of four runs. We are going to go back to the drawing board and find a way to win close games."
Bethany is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday in a nine-inning game at NCAA Division II Fort Hays State University. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.