LINDSBORG — Where would the Bethany College baseball team be without ace pitcher Dan Eck?
Eck turned in his usual rock-solid effort on the mound Friday, pitching the Swedes to a 4-1 victory over Ottawa after they had been stopped 8-3 in the first game.
Eck went seven innings, limiting the Braves to just four hits. He walked only one and struck out three.
Sammuel Ramirez had two hits and scored two runs for the Swedes. Pablo Contreras added two RBIs. Bethany scored two runs in both the first and third innings.
In the first game, Ottawa scored in only two innings but they were run-bursts — three in the first and five in the sixth.
Aaron Huerta was 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs to account for much of the Bethany output. Ramirez had two hits and two runs scored.
Taylor Plante took the loss.
The Swedes, who honored 11 seniors on Friday for their last home games, play the Braves again today, this time in Ottawa. Bethany controls its own destiny for the final KCAC playoff spot.