STERLING — Bethany College’s baseball team showed some grit Saturday by bouncing back from a 15-2 first-game shellacking at the hands of Sterling College for a 5-3 second-game victory.
"It is always good to salvage a split after dropping Game One like we did, especially against a very good team," Bethany coach Andrew Bartman said. "If we find a way to ever win Game One, we could be dangerous. Jordan Geiger stepped up and pitched his tail off, while freshmen Cord Briggs and James Compomizzi came through for us in a big way. I hope we can capitalize on some positive momentum this week."
Compomizzi and Daniel Hordo each had one hit and one RBI in the first game, while Nicholas Ceccarelli and Dustin Wells tallied one hit and one run apiece.
Andrew Gomez took the loss.
The Swedes struck first in game two, plating one run in the first. Sammuel Ramirez singled, Aaron Huerta sacrifice bunted Ramirez to second and Ramirez scored on a passed ball and error by Sterling.
The Warriors responded in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game at one. However, Bethany regained the lead in the top of the second. Cord Briggs walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Compomizzi singled, and Briggs scored on a Sterling miscue, giving the Swedes a 2-1 lead.
Bethany held Sterling scoreless in the second and third, and the Swedes offense went back to work in the top of the fourth. Pablo Contreras led off with a double, moved to third on a bunt single by Hordo, and Briggs singled to score Contreras. Diego McCollum, courtesy running for Hordo, scored on a balk by Sterling, and the Swedes held a 4-1 advantage.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Bethany again found its way on the board in the sixth. Nate Estores tripled, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Compomizzi to give the Swedes a 5-1 lead.
Compomizzi and Briggs each had one hit and one RBI as Briggs also contributed one run. Estores, Ramirez, and Contreras totaled one hit and one run apiece while Huerta tacked on two hits.
Geiger threw the complete-game win for the Swedes, allowing three earned runs off six hits and three walks, striking out one.
The Swedes are currently 13-20 overall and 5-7 in the KCAC. Bethany returns to action on Friday as they head to McPherson College for a 5 p.m. doubleheader.