Beavers split HCAC twin bill at Defiance

By Tim Stried, SID April 25, 2000

Mother Nature put together a four-game winning streak last week, as four Bluffton College baseball games were rained out, including an HCAC double header on Saturday against Hanover College.

The final weekend of the regular season will be a big one for the Beavers, as BC travels to Mount St. Joseph on Saturday and hosts Hanover on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Bluffton is currently 5-5 in the HCAC and in sole possession of fourth place.

Bluffton split a double header at Defiance College on April 15, dropping the first game 13-12 before taking the second game 9-7.

Eric Metz and Brad Buckingham led a 16-hit BC attack in game one, each going 3-4 at a the plate. Todd Pickthorn, Jeff Haulman, Tony Vasko and Brad Moore each collected two hits, while Ben Schwab homered. Joel Parrett struck out seven in pitching the first six innings.

Bluffton scored five runs in the fourth inning of game two on their way to a 9-7 win as Bob Sierer picked up his fourth win of the season on the mound. He struck out eight Yellow Jackets, while Metz and Vasko each smacked two hits to lead the offense. Luke Habegger homered and had three RBI, while Corey Smeltzer doubled and knocked in two runs.

Dustin Kreis leads BC with a .426 batting average, while Pickthorn (.389, 5 2b), Metz (.381, 7 2b, 21 RBI) and Buckingham (.312, 3 HR) are all hitting over the .300 mark. Sierer' 43 strikeouts leads the pitching staff, while Parrett's 4-2 record computes to the best winning percentage.