Andrew Woodley, Sports Information Director
CLERMONT, Fla. (March 15) – The Bison opened play at the PFX Spring Games with a 7-3 win over Ohio Wesleyan, before falling to Plattsburgh State 7-1 to end the day Wednesday afternoon.
The Bethany College softball team moves to 2-6 overall this season with the split.
GAME 1: Bethany 7, Ohio Wesleyan 3
A four-run fourth inning and a nine-strikeout performance by junior pitcher Cassie Weiss (Avella, Pa./McGuffey) propelled the Bison to a 7-3 win over Ohio Wesleyan Wednesday morning.
Bethany got on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a RBI-single by sophomore Francesca Capaldi (Steubenville, Ohio/Catholic Central) and a sacrifice fly by freshman Kayla Dinsmore (Beavercreek, Ohio/Beavercreek) to take a 2-0 lead.
Ohio Wesleyan responded with two runs in the second inning and took the lead with a run-scoring double in the fourth that gave the Battling Bishops a 3-2 advantage.
The Green & White rallied in the bottom of the fourth inning to score four runs and take a 6-3 lead. With runners on first and second base, junior Jazz Fuqua (Washington, Pa./Trinity) drove in both with a two-RBI double and scored on a fielding error later in the inning. Bethany added another run when junior Aubrey Baehr (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley) smacked a two-out double to the left-center field gap that scored freshman Erica Amoroso (Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon) from second base.
Baehr gave the Bison another insurance run in the sixth inning when she hit a solo home run that extended the Bethany lead to 7-3. Weiss followed up by striking out the side in the top of the seventh to clinch the victory.
Weiss tossed a complete-game, while holding Ohio Wesleyan to three runs (two earned) on five hits with nine strikeouts.
Baehr finished the game with a home run, double, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Bison. Fuqua also finished with two RBI, while Capaldi, Dinsmore and sophomore Sammie Weiss (Avella, Pa./McGuffey) also were credited with a RBI in the win.
GAME 2: Plattsburgh State 7, Bethany 1
(A full recap will be posted as soon as the box score is available)
The Bison will spend two more days in the Sunshine State. Bethany will play tomorrow, Thursday, March 16 at 8 a.m. against Hood, before concluding the day at 10 a.m. against Salve Regina. Salve Regina is providing a live stream of the game which can be viewed here.