MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Bethel College baseball team needed two wins to keep their Crossroads League postseason hopes alive but fell just short in splitting a double header against Marian on Saturday afternoon. Jesse Zepeda said goodbye to Jenkins Stadium in historic fashion, going for six hits and nine runs batted in across both games, including a three-run shot. Zepeda tallied 11 RBIs and six runs scored over the three-game series this weekend.


  • Game 1 Score: Bethel def. Marian 8-7
  • Game 2 Score: Marian def. Bethel 13-12
  • Records: Bethel (16-26, 7-18) | Marian (19-24, 13-12)
  • NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – not rated | Marian – not rated
  • Location:Jenkins Stadium | Bethel College | Mishawaka, Ind.





  • The Knights jumped out to a 5-0 lead in game one, just like Friday’s game, but the Pilots responded to take an 8-5 lead after a six-run fifth inning.
  • Freshman Andrew Miranda dealt the big blow, with a three-run blast to right field on the first pitch he saw to give the Pilots the lead for good.
  • The Pilots jumped out to a five-run lead after an inning of play in the nightcap. Jesse Zepeda provided the fireworks with a three-run home run. The Knights responded with three runs in each the second and third innings to take a 6-5 lead. The see-saw affair continued as the Pilots plated five in the fifth inning to grab a 10-5 lead back.
  • The Knights immediately responded in the top of the sixth inning to surge ahead 12-10. They tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the top of the ninth as the Pilots two-run rally in the last at bat fell just short.



  • The Pilots pick up a non-conference game against IU South Bend on Monday evening at 7:00 pm at Newton Park in Lakeville before finishing the season with a double header at Grace on Tuesday. With the loss today, the Pilots are eliminated from postseason contention.