LINDSBORG — The Bethany College baseball team swept Saint Mary (20-18, 7-13 KCAC) on Saturday afternoon to move into third place in the KCAC.
The Swedes (19-22, 11-9 KCAC) have won three straight and seven out of their last nine to make a push in the KCAC standings with only two series remaining. After winning the second game 5-3 Friday, the Swedes carried the momentum over to Saturday to win 7-0 in the first game and 11-6 in the second.
"I'm really proud of the way our guys battled today,” Bethany coach Andrew Bartman said. “Cozzi (Clayton Cozzitorto) and Vic (DeAnda) gave us quality starts and the bats came through for us today. It was two great team wins and series win.”
Cozzitorto got the ball in Game One and turned in a fantastic performance. He gave up no runs on six hits while striking out 11 Spires. In the seven innings Cozzitorto pitched, only twice did he allow a runner past first base, and only one runner advanced to third in the game.
De Anda threw three solid innings giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks for Bethany in the second game. Andrew Gomez came in for an inning of relief giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on one hit and one walk. Gomez also struck out one. Robert Johnson pitched two innings giving up two hits, one of them resulted in the controversial home run, and he struck out one. Taylor Plante finished the game on the mound giving up only one hit but not allowing a run in the seventh inning.
Daniel Hordo went 5 for 6 from the plate with two RBIs and a walk to pace Bethany offensively in the two games.
Bethany will start an important series with the team sitting atop the KCAC standings and ranked No. 10 in the nation, Tabor College. The Swedes will play at home on Thursday, April 17, and travel to Hillsboro on Saturday, April 19.