Anderson scores early and often in 14-9 win over Beavers
By: Brandy Bidlack, sports information assistant
April 3, 2009
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University baseball team fell behind 4-0 after three
innings and found itself on the wrong end of a 14-9 decision despite scoring six times
in the fifth on Friday, April 3, 2009. The Beavers fell to 8-13 overall and 3-6 in
the Heartland Conference while the Ravens improve to 13-8 this season and 3-2 in the
Anderson put together four runs in the first three innings and continued to increase
its lead by scoring three more in the top of the fifth before Bluffton could come
up with a response. In the bottom of the fifth inning, catcher Stephen Torres (Lima/Juan Diego) singled through the left side. A Raven throwing error allowed freshman
outfielder Nick Broyles (Toledo/Whitmer) to take first and Torres to advance to second. After moving up on
a balk, Torres raced to the plate on a fielder's choice to the shortstop. Mike Ramthun (Springfield/Southeastern) collected an RBI on his double to right center. A Corey Conn (London) groundout sent Ramthun to third.
Cody McPherson (Northwood/Millbury Lake) crushed the ball over the center field wall, a two-run
shot that made it 7-4. Tyler Stephenson (Springfield/Northwestern) stepped up to the plate and ripped a double to center
field. Sophomore third baseman Brett Howard (Toledo/St. Francis DeSales) followed with a towering blast that sailed down the
right field line to cap a six-run inning for the Beavers.
The Ravens continued their assault on Bluffton's pitching with three runs in each
of the next two innings to push their lead to 13-6 before the Beavers got back in
the scoring column.
In the bottom of the seventh, McPherson doubled to right field. After a walk to Stephenson,
both McPherson and Stephenson moved into scoring position on a Ravens' wild pitch.
A Howard single resulted in McPherson crossing the plate and Stephenson taking third.
Another wild pitch allowed Stephenson to scurry home, making it 13-8 in favor of the
Ramthun found a gap through the right side for a single with one out in the eighth.
Corey Conn followed suit as Ramthun raced to third. A walk loaded the bases and Stephenson
picked up an RBI when he was hit by a pitch, sending Ramthun home for the ninth and
final run by the Beavers in the 14-9 Anderson victory.
(Convoy/Crestview) fell to 2-2 on the year after giving up 10 runs on 13 hits in six
innings. The Ravens also scored four runs with five hits off senior
(Cincinnati/LaSalle) finished off Anderson, going 1.1 innings while not allowing a
hit or base on balls.
McPherson paced Bluffton with a double and home run as he went 3-for-4. Howard also
finished with a home run and single to go along with his three RBI. Ramthun, Torres
and Conn all chipped in with two hits.
Bluffton will host Anderson University for a series-concluding double header on Saturday,
April 4. The first contest is slated for 1 p.m. at Memorial Field.