Huntington 6, Bluffton 1; Huntington 6, Bluffton 2
Beavers drop two games to Huntington
By Molly Burnell, sports information assistant
April 11, 2006
BLUFFTON, Ohio. - The Bluffton University softball team (8-17, 1-3 HCAC) dropped a pair of contests to the Huntington University Foresters on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. Huntington came out strong in both games, taking the first contest 6-1 and winning the second game by a score of 6-2.
Game One - Huntington 6, Bluffton 1
In the top of the third inning, Fode drove one over the fence to plate two runs for Huntington.
Inning four saw the Foresters put together four runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead. A Gower single with two on base pushed two runs across the plate as the Foresters took a four run lead. Another single by Scally drove in two more runs, giving Huntington a six run advantage midway through the game.
Bluffton came alive in the bottom of the fourth inning as freshman Randi Yeager (Harrison/Harrison) rapped a leadoff single. She stole second and scored when senior Michelle Motter (Lakeview/Indian Lake) reached on a Forester error.
Neither team could find their bats for the remainder of the game as the Bluffton and
Huntington defense played their way to a 6-1 finish.
Senior Sarah Betts (Bryan/Bryan) took the loss for the Beavers and her record fell to 5-8 on the season. Yeager led Bluffton as she went 1-for-3 at the place and scored one run in the contest.
Game Two - Huntington 6, Bluffton 2
The Foresters started out the second game hot as an April Snider, sister of former Bluffton standout Mandy Snider, triple set her up to score on a wild pitch. A Badenhop single with one on base scored another run for Huntington, as the Foresters took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Junior Carrie Weisbecker (Okeana/Ross) walked in the bottom of the first and advanced to second on a Yeager single but would get no further as freshman Lindsey Miller (Wapakoneta/Wapakoneta) grounded out to the pitcher to end the frame.
Huntington opened the second with an Ahl single to right field to put a runner on base. A Stahl homer plated two more runs for the Foresters and pushed their lead to 4-0 at the end of the second inning.
The top of the third started out with a Snider single. Snider stole second and moved to third on a passed ball by the Beavers. Badenhop then knocked in Snider on a single that gave Huntington a 5-0 lead.
Sophomore Sarah Nusbaum (Fairview/Fairview) singled to start off the third inning for Bluffton. Weisbecker followed with a single of her own and moved Nusbaum to second. Nusbaum and Weisbecker each advanced a base on a Forester wild pitch. Miller then ripped a single of her own to score both baserunners. Bluffton put two runs on the scoreboard and made it a three run contest, 5-2.
Pitching and defense ruled over the next few innings. A Fode double to right field scored Snider in the top of the seventh inning to give Huntington an insurance run and push its lead to 6-2.
Motter reached on an infield single, but the Beavers could not manage any more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Foresters took the game by a final score of 6-2.
Sophomore Tonya Dean (Kettering/Kettering) picked up the loss for Bluffton as she gave up five runs in three innings of work.
Weisbecker led Bluffton as she went 2-for-3 at the place, including a fifth inning double. Lindsey Miller picked up one hit and knocked in two runs.
Bluffton returns to action on Thursday, April 13, 2006, when it travels to Hanover College for a single game. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.