BALDWIN CITY — The Bethany College baseball team was swept Sunday in triangular action.
The Swedes lost both games by a total of three runs. Bethany lost 1-0 to Baker University before falling 2-0 to Park University.
Both games were what many would call an "old-fashion pitchers duel.” The Swedes were unable to get offensive production, but were able to stay in both games because of great defense and exceptional pitching.
In the first game, Bethany called on the arm of right-handed junior pitcher Andrew Gomez. He did what he could to keep the Swedes in the game as he pitched six complete innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, giving up no walks and striking out three.
The Swedes threatened in the second inning, but were unable to push a run across. Following a Pablo Contreras single to left-center field, Aaron Huerta moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Contreras would advance to third on Jordan Geiger's groundout. But another groundout would strand him at third base.
Bethany would also put two runners on in the fourth inning with an error and a walk. Three fly outs prevented the Swedes from scoring however. Nicholas Ceccarelli led off the fifth inning with a single. With two outs, Sammuel Ramirez hit a single to left-center, but the threat was ended when Ceccarelli was thrown out trying to advance to third.
The momentum from the defensive play carried to the next half inning for Baker. The Wildcats got their first two batters on with back-to-back infield singles. Both runners advance on separate steals to put runners on second and third. Baker would score the only run of the game on a fly-out to left field.
The Swedes had more hits and less errors than Baker. They were not, however, able to get the one hit they needed to take control of the game. Bethany had four hits and only committed one error. Baker on the other hand only managed three hits and committed two errors.
Bethany would move on quickly to take on Park University. Clayton Cozzitorto would take the mound for the Swedes and he also pitched an exceptional game, but came up on the losing end. Cozzitorto also pitch six complete innings. He gave up two earned runs on three hits, giving up two walks and striking out seven.
Cozzitorto gave up a double and triple in the first inning and gave up both runs before he settled into a rhythm. Down two runs, the Swedes went to work in the second inning. Contreras led off the inning with a single to right field. Daniel Hordo followed with a single of his own. But three straight outs ended the Swedes threat.
The only other runner Bethany could manage was in the seventh inning. Hordo singled up the middle but could not advance any further. After the first inning Park added a hit in the second and sprinkled two other walks but did not make another serious threat.
Hordo and Contreras had two hits apiece for the Swedes.
The Swedes, now 8-13, play Tuesday at Fort Hays State.