A masterful performance on the mound from Bethany College junior Dan Eck highlighted a Friday doubleheader with Sterling College.

A masterful performance on the mound from Bethany College junior Dan Eck highlighted a Friday doubleheader with Sterling College.
Eck not only shut out the Warriors 1-0 in game two of the twinbill, he did so without allowing a runner on base, as he no-hit Sterling and did so without walking a single batter.
“Dan Eck was remarkable today,” Swede coach Andrew Bartman said. “Any time you throw a no-hitter with no walks, it obviously is special. I applaud his demeanor throughout and ability to focus and make pitches. It was definitely fun to experience.”
Bethany lost game one 8-1.
For Eck, who struck out six Warrior batters, it was his third straight win and moved him to 4-3 on the year, with one save.
The Swedes only managed four hits, themselves, through the first four innings of game two, with their best opportunity to score coming in the bottom of the fourth, where Bethany had the bases loaded but were unable to get anyone home.
Jordan Geiger led off the seventh with a single, which allowed Sammuel Ramirez to blast a rocket to center field to give the Swedes the walk-off victory.
Ramirez had the one hit and RBI, while Pablo Contreras added two hits.
“After a lackluster first game,” Bartman said, “in which we kicked it around and left a small army on base, I was ecstatic to see us come back and find a way to win a close game against a very quality opponent. Our guys didn't quit and found a way to get the job done, hopefully this springboards us forward for the remainder of KCAC play.”
The Swedes struggled offensively in game one, though the defense did hold Sterling scoreless through the third inning.
The top of the fourth, however, saw the Warriors unload for three runs. They added one more in the fifth and four in the sixth to take a commanding 8-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, however, Aaron Huerta got on base with a single to center and scored after Geiger drove him home on a single. Unfortunately, that was as much offense as the Swedes could muster.
Nicolas Ceccarelli led Bethany with a pair of hits, while Geiger had the sole RBI. Clayton Cozzitorto got the start, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up six runs, all earned, off 11 hits with one walk. Taylor Plante came into the game in relief of Cozzitorto, though he went only two-thirds of an inning and gave up two hits, but no runs.
Robert Johnson finished out the game, striking out one.
The Swedes moved to 12-19 on the year overall 4-6 in the KCAC. Bethany heads down to Sterling for the second part of the series this afternoon at 1 p.m.