Transylvania 10, Bluffton 0 (8 innings)
Transylvania dominates series clincher 10-0 in eight innings
April 21, 2013
By: Kyle Stover, sports information assistant
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Bluffton University baseball team fell, 10-0, in the series finale against Transylvania on Sunday, April 21. An early deficit ballooned into a large hole for the Beavers as they couldn't get their offense going.
Todd Stover (Tipp City/Tippecanoe) had another tough outing on the hill, having a decent start but not receiving any run support. He surrendered two early runs to the Pioneers in the first inning but regrouped and had three consecutive scoreless innings before allowing two unearned runs in the fifth. Stover (0-2) took the loss while going five innings and giving up five hits and four runs, just two earned.
When Stover was pulled from the game after the fifth, the Beavers were still within striking distance, down 4-0, but the wheels fell off as the Bluffton bullpen gave up six runs in the next three innings, creating an insurmountable deficit.
Miles Richardson (Granville/Newark Catholic) led off the game the right way for Bluffton with a single up the middle and eventually advanced to third base, but the Beavers couldn't get timely hitting to score him. Bluffton left a total of 10 runners on base in the loss.
Richardson led the sluggish Bluffton offense on the day, collecting two hits. Tim Webb (Delaware/Worthington Christian) and Greg Franks (Smithville) had the only other hits in the ballgame for the Beavers.
With the loss, Bluffton fell to 18-14 on the season with a 9-8 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Transylvania improved to 16-14 overall and 9-8 in the HCAC as well. The Beavers now sit one game out of fourth place in the conference standings and open up an important week of baseball this Tuesday on the road at Earlham College. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at McBride Stadium in Richmond, Indiana.