LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s baseball team can always count on Dan Eck.
Eck, the anchor of the Swedes’ pitching staff, threw a no-hitter Friday to enable the Swedes to earn a split with Sterling.
Sterling had won the first game 8-1, but Eck was brilliant in the 1-0 victory.
He struck out six and did not permit a walk in moving to 4-3 on the year. However, the Swedes didn’t give him any support until the seventh when Sammuel Ramirez drove in pinch-runner Nate Estores with the game’s only run.
Bethany did next to nothing in the first game, but Eck was able to salvage the day.
"After a lackluster first game in which we kicked it around and left a small army on base, I was ecstatic to see us come back and find a way to win a close game against a very quality opponent," Bethany coach Andrew Bartman said. "Our guys didn't quit and found a way to get the job done, hopefully this springboards us forward for the remainder of KCAC play. Dan Eck was remarkable today and anytime you throw a no-hitter with no walks, it obviously is special. I applaud his demeanor throughout and ability to focus and make pitches. It was definitely fun to experience."
This is the third straight win for Eck as he improves to 4-3 on the year, with one save.
The Swedes are currently 12-19 overall, and 4-6 in the KCAC. Bethany and Sterling meet again Saturday, this time in Sterling.