Beavers move to 5-1 in HCAC with sweep at Franklin
April 4, 2009
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University softball team pounded out 30 hits in a pair
of five-inning victories at Franklin College on Saturday, April 4, 2009. The Beavers
moved into first place in the Heartland Conference as Bluffton improved to 18-8 overall
and 5-1 in the HCAC. Franklin fell to 7-15, including a 1-7 mark in the conference.
After a scoreless first frame for both teams, the Bluffton bats got healthy in a hurry.
Following back-to-back walks to Kenney (Toledo/Emmanuel Baptist) and Emily Manahan (Columbus/Bishop Watterson) to open the top of the second, freshman Jessica McDonald (Mechanicsburg) ripped a two-RBI double. An Allison White (Lima/Shawnee) sacrifice bunt moved McDonald to third where Torrie Wilson (Delphos/Jefferson) picked her up with a base hit.
Two more free passes to Jayme Marbaugh (Ohio City/Parkway) and Chelsie Osborne (Chillicothe/Waverly) loaded the bases for Lindsey Miller (Wapakoneta) who made it 7-0 with her seventh home run of the year, a second inning
Marbaugh singled home White in the third and Miller's base knock plated Marbaugh for
a 9-0 advantage in the third inning before Bluffton put the game out of reach with
five more scores in the top of the fourth.
Walks to Manahan and McDonald followed by a Franklin error once again loaded the bases
with no outs. Wilson delivered a two-RBI single and Marbaugh drove in White for the
third run of the inning. A Miller base hit plated Wilson and Marbaugh crossed the
plate with Brooke Babcock (Findlay) at the dish.
Osborne drove in two in the fifth following an RBI single by Marbaugh as the carnage
ended after five innings with Bluffton taking game one by a 17-1 count.
Miller, Marbaugh and Osborne all tallied three hits in game one as Miller finished
with a game-high six RBI. Wilson, Marbaugh, McDonald and White all scored three times
while Wilson and Marbaugh drove in three runs each.
Babcock (9-4) gave up just one run on six hits in five innings of work. She fanned
five and did not issue a walk in the victory.
Bluffton wasted no time making its mark in game two as the Beavers bolted to an 8-0
lead after just two innings. Lindsey Miller opened the scoring with an RBI single
that knocked in Marbaugh who had doubled with one out. Babcock's sacrifice fly to
center plated Osborne for a quick 2-0 lead.
Jessica McDonald singled and moved up a base thanks to Allison White's sacrifice bunt
in the top of the second. Following a walk to Wilson, Marbaugh ripped her second two-bagger
of the game, scoring McDonald. Osborne singled home Marbaugh and after another Miller
base knock, Babcock laced a two-RBI double for a 7-0 advantage. Manahan made it 8-0
with an RBI single that scored Babcock.
Torrie Wilson scored in the third and Bluffton tacked on two more runs in the fourth
to open up an 11-0 lead. Kenney opened the fourth frame with a double and she scored
when Manahan stroked an RBI single. Manahan came around to score as Bluffton's Kenney
did the rest, shutting down Franklin in the fourth and fifth to finish off the Beavers'
second mercy-rule win of the afternoon.
Miller and Kenney paced Bluffton with three hits each in the second game. Babcock
drove in three runs while Marbaugh, Osborne and Manahan all ended game two with two
RBI. Wilson, Osborne and Marbaugh all scored two runs in the 11-0 victory.
Kenney upped her season mark to 7-3 with the complete game four-hitter. She notched
her third shutout of the season as she faced just two batters over the minimum while
not walking a batter.
Bluffton returns to action on Wednesday, April 8, when the Beavers travel to Heidelberg
College. The first game of the non-conference doubleheader is slated for 3 p.m.