BC splits with Thomas More College

Bluffton hands Saints just fourth loss of the season.
March 29, 2000

Game 1 Box Score  |   Game 2 Box Score

Traveling to Crestview Hills, Kentucky Wednesday afternoon, the BC baseball squad put together two very impressive defensive games in holding down a powerful Thomas More College squad which entered the double header with a 17-3 overall record.

BC fell in the first game 5-4 in nine innings, but came back to win the second game 2-1.

In the first game, Bluffton took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but found themselves down 4-3 going into the seventh inning. With two outs, senior Eric Metz lined a single to right field scoring sophomore Todd Pickthorn to tie the score and send the game into extra innings. The score would remain tied at 4-4 until TMC plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The second game belonged to the Beavers by a 2-1 final score. Freshman pitcher Eric Humpal recorded his first collegiate victory as he threw just 60 pitches in going all seven innings, which included some defensive heroics at the end to preserve the win.

With Bluffton up 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh and a TMC runner on first base, Humpal dove off the mound to snag a bunt-attempt in mid-air, then fired to first for a double play that took the carpet out from underneath Thomas More. The final batter flied out to center as Bluffton celebrated the victory.

BC's game-winning RBI came from freshman Tony Boenker, who lined a pinch-hit single in the fifth inning that scored sophomore Brad Buckingham, giving Bluffton their 2-1 lead. Junior Luke Habegger connected for an RBI single in the first inning for BC's other run.

Bluffton was held to a combined 10 hits in the two-game set, but solid defense and the pitching of Humpal, freshman Brad Moore and junior Bill Bechtel held the Saints at bay.

Bluffton will travel to Wilmington College on Saturday for a pair of Heartland Conference games.