Baseball

Pilots rally on the road to snap 17 game skid

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After traveling five hours to Mount Vernon Nazarene and dropping the first game of the double header, the Pilot baseball team got back on track as they snapped their distressing 17 game losing streak. Bethel lost game one by a score of 12-1 before coming from behind to win game two 4-3. Game one slipped out of control for the visiting Pilots very quickly as they found themselves down 8-1 after five innings. Clint Naleigh and Dane DeWitt combined to pitch 5.2 innings, giving up a total of nine earned runs. On the other side, the Cougar’s Kyle Barr went the distance, giving up one run on seven hits. In game two, Elliot Rowe played a big part in putting an end to the devastating streak. Rowe went all seven innings, giving up three runs on just five hits. Bethel trailed 3-1 heading into the fifth inning, before putting up three runs in the top of the fifth that helped capture their second conference win of the season. After Cody Naleigh singled to right which loaded the bases, Steven Steele brought two in with a drive to left field. Naleigh would eventually come in to score the third run of the inning off of an error. The Pilots, who have not experienced triumph before this since March 20, will attempt to put this streak behind them and focus on the rest of the season which consists of 16 games still to be played. Their next MCC series will be on April 12, when they host Huntington University. The first game of that double header is set to begin at 2 p.m.
Elliot Rowe went the distance at Mount Vernon Nazarene which gave the Pilots an opportunity to end the ongoing losing streak. (photo by Jeff Welsh)
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