Manchester shuts down Bluffton 13-2
April 13, 2010
By: Brent Schroeder, sports information assistant
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NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Bluffton University baseball team fell at Manchester
College as the Spartans handled the Beavers 13-2 in nine innings on Tuesday, April
13, 2010. With the win, Manchester improved to 12-13 overall and 4-4 in the Heartland
Conference. Bluffton fell to 1-10 in the HCAC and 10-17 on the season.
Bluffton struck first in the top of the fourth as Nick Broyles (Toledo/Whitmer) and Tyler Stephenson (Springfield/Northwestern) started the inning off with back-to-back singles, putting
runners on first and second with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt by senior Brennan Bauman (Milford), freshman Michael Knorr (Pickerington/North) plated Broyles with a sacrifice fly to left. Sophomore Kyle Trainer (Mechanicsburg)picked up Stephenson on a two-out single which put the Beavers up
The lead was short-lived, however, as Manchester put up a three-spot in the bottom
of the fourth. The Spartans began the inning with a lead-off homer and three straight
singles to tie the game at two. A fielder's choice put Manchester up 3-2 with one
out. Another fielder's choice at home helped Bluffton minimize the damage.
Manchester's pitching shut down the Beavers over the next five innings, holding them
to just two hits and not giving up a single run. In the other dugout, the Manchester
hitters were just warming up. The Spartans went on to tag the visitors for three runs
in the fifth inning, one in the sixth and four more in the seventh, effectively putting
the game out of reach. Two more Manchester tallies in the eighth made the final score
Nick Broyles picked up two hits and scored a run. Miles Richardson (Granville/Newark Catholic) fell to 1-2 on the season after giving up six runs on
nine hits in five innings on the hill. Kelly Barnes (Toledo/Christian) and Tyler Gibson (Sylvania/Southview) combined to pitch the final three innings for the Beavers.
Bluffton returns to action with a non-conference game at the University of St. Francis
on Friday, April 16, 2010. The contest is scheduled for a 12 p.m start in Fort Wayne,