Beavers earn second HCAC victory

BC splits with Wilmington.
April 1, 2000

Game 1 Box Score  |  Game 2 Box Score

A double header split for the Bluffton College baseball squad at Wilmington College Saturday afternoon produced another tough loss in extra-innings followed by the Beavers second Heartland Conference victory of the season.

Bluffton dropped the first game 5-3 in eight innings then won the second game 8-2.

It was a solid defensive effort all day for Beavers, while the pitching of seniors Bob Sierer and Joel Parrett was equally as impressive. Timely hitting brought BC back in the first game and kept them ahead in the second game.

Game One
In game one, Bluffton entered the sixth inning trailing 3-0, but a home run in that inning by Brad Buckingham and RBIs in the seventh inning by Corey Smeltzer and Tony Vasko sent the game into extra innings. A Wilmington homer in the bottom of the eighth inning won the game for the Quakers.

Wilmington plated three runs in the second inning with the help of a sure double play grounder that hit the field umpire resulting in a single.

Sierer went the distance on the mound for BC, striking out five. Luke Habegger produced two singles for the BC offense while Buckingham homered and Smeltzer doubled.

The loss was Bluffton's third this season to an opponent in their last at bat.

Game Two
Bluffton scored runs in five consecutive innings in the second game en route to an 8-0 lead that resulted in an 8-2 BC victory.

Parrett scattered five hits and struck out three in picking up his third win of the season, while the BC offense produced 11 hits from six different players.

Five players produced two hits each, including Todd Pickthorn, Dustin Kreis, Buckingham, Haulman and David Snow. Haulman and Snow each smacked a double.