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The BG baseball team is hitting its stride at the right time, as they extended its winning streak to four games with a 6-3 victory against Dayton Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman Cody Apthorpe pitched his best game of the season, going 6.2 innings, giving up three runs–one earned–on four hits and two walks, striking out three.

Things did not start so smoothly in the first inning for Apthorpe, as he put runners on second and third with no outs on a walk and a single with a steal, but he only allowed one runner to score.

The Falcons manufactured a run in the second to tie the game.

Jon Berti singled and stole second base, his 17th steal of the season.

He then advanced to third on a fly out, and scored on a Clay Duncan sacrifice fly.

In the third, T.J. Blanton gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead on his eighth home run of the year.

In the fourth inning, Berti started another rally, leading off the inning with a triple and later scoring on a Brandon McFarland double.

After Duncan singled, McFarland scored when David Borcherdt singled up the middle.

Matthew Pitzulo then brought in Borcherdt with a single, the third run of the inning for the Falcons.

Jon Berti scored his third run of the game in the fifth inning after reaching a fielder’s choice and stealing second.

Duncan drove him in for his second RBI of the game.

Apthorpe ran into trouble in the seventh, after he hit a batter and gave up a single. He was able to get two outs, but then hit another batter.

The next Dayton hitter reached an error by catcher Michael Vannet, allowing a runner to score.

After an RBI base hit, Apthorpe was pulled for Charles Wooten, who struck out Cole Tyrell to get the third out.

The Falcons will resume action again today against Western Michigan.

Although both teams are members of the Mid-American Conference, it will be counted as a non-conference game, since it is a weekday game.

The Broncos took two of three games from Miami this past weekend, but lost 6-3 Tuesday to Michigan State.

Their record sits at 9-26 on the year, including a 3-9 mark in conference play. They have also only won once on the road this season.

They are led offensively by Chris Lewis.

He leads the team in most offensive categories, including batting average, doubles, RBIs, total bases, slugging percent, and is the team co-leader in homers.

They hit .281 as a team, but only get on base 35.5 percent of the time.

Their team earned-run average is at 8.47. They have only one pitcher with an ERA under five.

The first pitch today at Steller Field is set for 3 p.m.