Bluffton sweeps Earlham, score 28 runs

Senior Eric Metz goes 8-9 with eight RBI.
April 5, 2000

Game 1 Box Score  |  Game 2 Box Score

Scoring 14 runs in both games, Bluffton College swept a double header Wednesday afternoon at home from non-league opponent Earlham College. The wins improve BC's overall record to 8-11 on the season.

Bluffton took the opening game 14-13 in eight innings, then won the nightcap 14-4. BC collected 30 hits on the day, eight of which came from senior Eric Metz who turned in a 8-9 day at the plate with eight runs batted in.

In game one, BC held a six-run lead going into the seventh inning, but the Quakers made up that difference in their top half of the frame and held BC scoreless in the bottom half to force extra innings. Earlham scored one run in the top of the eighth, but BC came back with two of their own in their last at bat to take the win.

Metz went 4-5 with a home run, double and three RBI for the Beavers. Tony Vasko, Joel Parrett and Ben Schwab all cranked out two hits, including a homer by Schwab who finished with 5 RBI in the game. Bill Bechtel picked up the win for BC in relief.

Bluffton continued their offensive display in the second game, but the game wasn't near as dramatic as BC claimed the 10 run victory, 14-4. Metz was a perfect 4-4 at the plate with five RBI, while Todd Pickthorn and Dustin Kreis both collected three hits on the day. Corey Smeltzer (Kunke/North Central) collected two hits, one of which was triple.

Eric Humpal picked up the win, while Parrett and Bob Sierer combined for three innings of one-hit relief.

Bluffton will be in action again on Monday against Heartland Conference foe Franklin College at home beginning at 1:00 p.m.