MISHAWAKA – The Bethel University baseball team started the year off with a bang, outscoring Trinity International 19-5 across two wins in a double header on Saturday afternoon. Junior Cole Searles finished with five hits, seven runs batted in, and four runs scored in his Pilot debut.
- Game 1 Score: Bethel def. Trinity International 12-2
- Game 2 Score: Bethel def. Trinity International 7-3
- Records: Bethel (2-0) | Trinity International (0-2)
- NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – not rated | Trinity International – not rated
- Location: Jenkins Stadium | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
GAME 1 STAT TRACKER
- Kawambee Moss – 3-for-5, 2B, SB, RBI
- Cole Searles – 3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 R
- Mike Wathier – 3-for-4, RBI, 2 R
- Kory Goodrich – 4.0 IP, W, 2 ER, 4 K
GAME 2 STAT TRACKER
- Jake Wilburn – 3-for-4, 2 SB, RBI 2 R
- Cole Searles – 2-for-2, HR, SF, 4 RBI, 2 R
- Kawambee Moss – 1-for-3, 2 SB, 3 R
- Justin Rasmussen – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 K
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
- Cole Searles finished the day with five hits, including his first career home run—a go-ahead two-run shot in the fourth inning of game two, while driving in seven runs on the day.
- Kawambee Moss swiped three bags on the day. Last season he led the Pilots with 20 stolen bases.
- The Pilots’ pitching staff allowed just five earned runs while striking out 14 across 14.0 innings pitched on the day. Alex Stout earned the win in game two, allowing two earned runs across 2.0 innings pitched, but became the beneficiary of Searles’ heroics for the decision.
- After recording a fielding percentage of just .937 as a team last season, the Pilots committed just one error across 52 total chances on the day.
NEXT TIME OUT
- The Pilots travel to Deerfield, Illinois next Saturday to return a double header against Trinity International, beginning at 2:00 pm ET.
THOUGHTS FROM COACH ZARTMAN
- “It was a really good start to the season for us today. I thought our offense attacked early in both games and kept the pressure on them throughout the afternoon. We did a nice job of getting key hits, especially with two outs, to score runs. Our defensive play today was outstanding, and also thought our pitching staff battled well all day, even in trouble spots to keep their scoring to a minimum. A lot of positives for us to build on as we continue to get better each day!”