Muskingum 9, Bluffton 2
Muskingum handles Beavers 9-2 in Bluffton's Florida finale
March 11, 2010
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Bluffton University baseball team fell behind 6-0 after three innings as Muskingum knocked off the Beavers 9-2 on Thursday, March 11, 2010. Bluffton slipped to 4-4 overall, while Head Coach James Grandey's alma mater moved to 3-3 with their victory.
The Fighting Muskies jumped on top 3-0 thanks to four hits and three wild pitches in the bottom of the first. Four more hits added up to a pair of Muskingum runs in the second before a wild pitch by the Beavers made it 6-0 after just three frames.
Stephen Torres (Lima/Juan Diego) plated both of Bluffton's runs in the top of the fourth with a two-run double down the right field line. Ian Land (Troy/Athens) and Matt Loudon (Lima/Bath) came around to score on the two-bagger. Muskingum responded with single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth to wrap up the 9-2 win over the Beavers.
Freshman Nick Rodesky (Bowling Green) was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs on 10 hits in just three innings on the hill. Kelly Barnes (Toledo/Toledo Christian) was solid in relief, giving up three runs, one earned, on just two hits in five innings of work. Stephen Torres led the Bluffton offense with two hits and two RBI.
The Beavers return to action back in Ohio on Tuesday, March 16, when Bluffton makes the short trip to Heidelberg University in Tiffin. The contest is slated to start at 4 p.m.