LINDSBORG — After sweeping the first two games of the four-game series against Friends University on Friday with 6-5 and 5-0 victories, the Bethany College baseball team headed south to Friends on Saturday, losing 3-1 and 4-0.
"We came out flat today with a great opportunity in front of us," Bethany coach Andrew Bartman said. "Some hard-hit balls didn't fall in and we didn't execute. Cord Briggs stepped up for us in Game Two with a couple of big hits, but we couldn't get much else going.”
After two scoreless innings in the opener, the Falcons mustered some offense in the bottom of the third. Four singles gave Friends a 3-0 lead.
The Swedes began a comeback in the fifth. Sammuel Ramirez doubled, Christian Ornelas reached on a Friends bobble and an Aaron Huerta single scored Ramirez. However, Bethany stranded two runners as they trailed 3-1 which is how it ended.
Ramirez had two hits and one run.
Andrew Gomez got the start on the mound, throwing four innings and allowing three earned runs off six hits and three walks. Taylor Plante came on in relief, throwing two scoreless innings and allowing one hit and one walk.
In the nightcap, Friends took a 1-0 lead in the first. The Falcons then added one run in three consecutive innings, which is how it ended.
Briggs collected two hits for the Swedes.
Jordan Geiger started on the mound for Bethany, throwing 2 2/3 innings while allowing three earned runs off eight hits.
The Swedes are currently 10-15 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The squad heads to crosstown rival Kansas Wesleyan University on Thursday.