Bluffton takes game one in extra innings
March 9, 2010
By: Matt Calhoun
Game one box score I Game two box score
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Bluffton University baseball team saw its bats explode
during a 13-12 eight-inning win over Ohio Wesleyan University on Tuesday, March 9,
2010. Bluffton scored its 13 runs on 15 hits. However, OWU responded with a 14-3 victory
in the nightcap, securing a split with the Beavers.
Bluffton 13, Ohio Wesleyan 12 (8 innings)
Bluffton jumped out to an 11-1 lead thanks to an 8-run 4th inning that included eight
hits. The Beavers plated seven of the runs after two outs were recorded by the Battling
Bishops. With two down, Kyle Trainer (Mechanicsburg) singled to right. Nick Broyles (Toledo/Whitmer), Stephen Torres (Lima/Juan Diego) and Tyler Stephenson (Springfield/Northeastern) followed with consecutive doubles. Cody McPherson (Northwood/Millbury Lake) drove home Stephenson with a single to center and two walks
later, freshman Michael Knorr (Pickerington/North) cleaned up the bases with a two-bagger to left center.
Ohio Wesleyan rallied to knot the game at 12 with seven runs in an error marred sixth
frame. A scoreless seventh sent the game to extra innings where Cody McPherson came
across the plate thanks to an error following a wild pitch on strike three to Mike
Ryan Leugers (Botkins) allowed seven runs, just one earned, on nine hits in five innings on the
hill. McPherson evened his record at 1-1 following three innings of relief. Nick Broyles
went 3-of-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and two RBI. Mike Knorr had a breakout
game, going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI including his three-run double. Stephenson, McPherson
and Miles Richardson (Granville/Newark Catholic) all tallied two hits while McPherson, Richardson and
Trainer all scored two times. Stephenson drove in three runs.
Ohio Wesleyan 14, Bluffton 3
Ohio Wesleyan's bats did not cool off in the second game as the Bishops scored in
six of the seven innings. Bluffton had only five hits compared Ohio Wesleyan's 14
safeties. Freshmen Tyler Gibson (Sylvania/Southview) got his first start of the 2010 season, pitching three innings
and giving up five runs while striking out two batters. Stephen Torres score two times
and stole a base. McPherson and Seth Harshberger (Elyria) both drove in runs for the Beavers in game two.
Bluffton returns to action with a single game against Junaita College on Wednesday,
March 10. The contest is slated to start at 5 p.m.