The Swedes couldn't convert their hits into runs in a disappointing 3-1 series loss against McPherson College Bulldogs over the weekend, dropping both games of Friday’s doubleheader and going 1-2 Saturday.
The Swedes put their batting into gear in the only win of the weekend, taking game one Saturday 4-3.
Bethany took the 3-1 lead after the third. McPherson rallied to tie the game at three in the fourth inning. Bethany stole the game with one more run in the seventh.
Ryan Gunther had the win for Bethany, as he finished the last inning with one walk and one strikeout.
McPherson’s Willie Lopez pitched the final third of the seventh and took the loss.
In game two, the Swedes (21-20, 11-9 KCAC) and Bulldogs (15-23, 9-11 KCAC) held each off until the bitter end when McPherson finally broke the score line in the seventh, winning 2-0.
Morgan Heiman was the losing pitcher, going 5 1/3 innings, suffering one earned run but throwing a career high five strikeouts.
McPherson’s Taylor Werts pitched the final two innings to claim the win.
"Disappointing weekend, no question about it,” Bethany coach Jeremy Cantrell said. “We didn't start the weekend with much energy and McPherson didn't give us any opportunities to raise our energy level by playing solid baseball. We must learn from this weekend and have intensity from the first pitch."
The series win by McPherson was the first against Bethany in the program’s short history. The Bulldogs picked up their first-ever doubleheader sweep of the Swedes with Friday’s wins at Light Capital Diamonds.
The Swedes are off until Thursday, when they begin a four-game series on the road with the University of Saint Mary.
McPherson is on the road tonight against Manhattan Christian College. They will host Friends University Thursday at 5 p.m.