Bluffton snaps #4 Ohio Northern's 27-game winning streak
April 22, 2010
By: Keisha Holtsberry, sports information assistant
Game one box score I Game two box score
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University softball team knocked off #4 Ohio Northern
in game two of a non-conference doubleheader with the Polar Bears on Thursday, April
22, 2010. Bluffton improved to 14-17 with the split while ONU (30-2) had its 27-game
winning streak snapped by the Beavers.
Ohio Northern 13, Bluffton 2 (5 innings)
In the first game, the Beavers were unable to score until the bottom of the fifth
when they plated two runs. The game ended with the Polar Bears moving to 30-1 with
a convincing 13-2 victory in five innings.
Shelby Wade (Delaware/Buckeye Valley) reached first after a fielding error by Ohio Northern,
one of three miscues the Polar Bears committed in the final inning. Allison Radomski (Fairfield/Cincinnati Christian) lined out to the shortstop, but Wade advanced to
second when the attempt to double her off hit the fence. Meagan Price (Toledo/Springfield) ripped a double to right field, allowing Wade to cross the plate. Torrie Wilson (Delphos/Jefferson) followed with a single to right center, scoring Price from second.
That was all the Beavers could muster in game one, but it showed Bluffton that the
Polar Bears were human.
Price went 2-of-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Wilson collected a hit and drove in
a run for the Beavers. Sophomore Kristin Agauas (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Andover) fell to 1-4 with the loss. She gave up nine runs
on nine hits in just 2.2 innings of work.
Bluffton 4, Ohio Northern 2
The second game was scoreless until the top of the third when Ohio Northern went up
1-0 on the strength of a Katie Salay homer to center field. The Beavers came back in their half of the third to tie the
game. Torrie Wilson reached first on a fielding error by the third baseman before
moving up on Tiffany Buckmaster's (Lima/Bath) second sacrifice bunt in as many trips to the plate. Chelsie Osborne (Chilicothe/Waverly) was hit by a pitch, putting two runners on base for Bluffton.
Jessica McDonald (Mechanicsburg) singled up the middle, plating Wilson from second.
The Polar Bears re-took the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring one run on three
hits, but the Beavers answered in the home half, scoring three runs for a 4-2 lead
Meagan Price took first on a walk before stealing second one out later. Torrie Wilson
singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home that was too late to
stop Price before she crossed the plate. Tiffany Buckmaster singled down the right
field line, scoring Wilson from second. Buckmaster advanced to second on a throw that
hit her while she was on the first base bag. Chelsie Osborne singled to shortstop,
putting runners at the corners for Jessica McDonald who made it 4-2 with her RBI single
down the right field line.
Babcock, who entered the game in the fourth with two runners on and no outs, allowed
just one hit over the final four innings in improving to 7-8 on the season. Jessica
McDonald and Chelsie Osborne both went 2-of-3 in the nightcap. McDonald drove in two
runs and Torrie Wilson scored twice in the victory.
Bluffton now turns its attention back to the Heartland Conference after knocking off
#4 ONU as the Beavers have three home HCAC twin-bills slated for the next six days.
Bluffton welcomes Anderson University on Saturday, April 24, 2010. The first contest
is scheduled for 1 p.m.