MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The Bethany College baseball team went 0-3 over the weekend in a series with Bacone College, losing 3-2, 7-4 and 9-8.
"Obviously we wanted a different end result than what we got down there, but our guys battled every single game," Bethany coach Andrew Bartman said. "We still haven't lost a game by more than three runs this year, so we know that our guys compete every day out. Pitching and hitting do not seem to get along day to day, but once they do we should be just fine. We seem to out-hit our opponents, yet come up short when looking for that big hit to change the course of a game."
The Swedes and Warriors faced off in one 9-inning game Saturday afternoon.
Bacone got on the board early, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. After a scoreless third inning, the Warriors tacked on a third run in the bottom of the fourth.
Bethany answered back in the top of the fifth with a solo home run by Sammuel Ramirez (JR, Hilmar, CA). The sixth, seventh, and eighth innings saw goose eggs on the scoreboard.
The Swedes plated a run in the top of the ninth as Aaron Huerta (SR, Silver City, NM) doubled, and scored on a RBI-single by Pablo Contreras (SR, Long Beach, CA).
Huerta went 3 of 4 with one run as Ramirez went 1 of 3 with a home run and RBI. Contreras went 1-1 with a RBI and Christian Ornelas (SR, Mission Hills, CA) was 2 of 5. Daniel Hordo (SR, Los Angeles, CA), Nick Lucchesi (SR, Valley Springs, CA), and Nick Ceccarelli each added one hit. Erik Pedersen (JR, Highlands Ranch, CO) contributed one stolen base.
Dan Eck (JR, Seattle, WA) got the start on the mound for Bethany, throwing seven innings and allowing two earned runs off seven hits, walking one and striking out five. Taylor Plante (SR, Russell, KS) threw one inning in relief, holding the Warriors scoreless and hitless, striking out two.
Bethany and Bacone then battled it out in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader.
The Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first in Game One. The Swedes threatened in the top of the second with runners on first and third, but came up empty.
Bacone added its fourth run in the bottom of the fourth. The Swedes plated a run of their own in the top of the fifth as Ornelas doubled and scored on a RBI single by Contreras. That sparked the Bethany bats as they got hot in the sixth inning. Ramirez and James Compomizzi (FR, Rancho Cucamonga, CA) singled, and Ramirez scored on Ceccarelli's double while Compomizzi scored on a ball hit by Hordo. Ceccarelli scored on a Bacone error, tying the game at four.
However, Bacone scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and held the Swedes scoreless in the seventh.
Contreras went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Jordan Geiger (SR, Garden Grove, CA) added a 2 of 4 performance. Ceccarelli and Hordo each had one hit and one RBI as Ornelas, Compomizzi, Lucchesi and Ramirez tacked on one hit apiece.
Clayton Cozzitorto (JR, Gustine, CA) got the start for the Swedes, throwing five innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits, walking six and striking out six. Plante threw an inning in relief, allowing two earned runs off four hits and striking out one.
The Warriors got on top in game two, scoring two runs in the second and three in the third to take a 5-0 lead.
After a scoreless fourth, the Swedes began to heat up. Bethany plated two in the fifth as Nate Estores (SR, San Jose, CA) and Compomizzi singled, and scored on a RBI double by Ceccarelli. After holding Bacone in the bottom half of the inning, the Bethany bats lit up in the sixth. Hordo singled, then scored on a RBI-double by Lucchesi. A single by Huerta scored Lucchesi, followed by a single by Geiger. Huerta scored on a single by Estores and Compomizzi followed with a single. Estores and Compomizzi both scored on a Ceccarelli double, and the Swedes led 7-5.
Bacone immediately responded with a three-run sixth, regaining their lead at 8-7. The Swedes tied the game in the top of the seventh as Contreras started the inning with a single. Pedersen pinch-ran, moved to second on a sac bunt by Lucchesi, and scored on a RBI-single by Geiger.
However, the Warriors pushed the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Ceccarelli led Bethany by going 2 for 4 with four RBIs. Geiger went 3 for 4 with one RBI as Estores went 2 of 4 with one RBI. Lucchesi and Huerta each added one hit and one RBI as Hordo and Compomizzi tacked on two hits apiece. Contreras and Ramirez each contributed one hit.
Andrew Gomez (JR, Riverside, CA) started for Bethany, throwing five innings and allowing seven earned runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out two.
The Swedes are currently 6-8 overall and are playing today at Oklahoma Baptist in a doubleheader.