Kreis named All-HCAC, four others honorable mentionMay 15, 2000
Sophomore Dustin Kreis (Richwood/North Union) has been named first team All-Heartland Conference, according to voting held last weekend by the HCAC baseball coaches. Four other Bluffton College players picked up honorable mention All-HCAC honors, including sophomore Brad Buckingham (Berne, Ind./South Adams), senior Joel Parrett (Oakwood/Paulding), sophomore Todd Pickthorn (Miamisburg) and senior Bob Sierer (Paulding).
Kreis batted a team-best .380 this season with 17 RBI. His .477 on base percentage also led the team, and he increased his batting average to .413 with runners on base and up to .464 with runners in scoring position. In league games he hit .436, sixth best in the HCAC, while his .511 on base percentage in HCAC games ranked eighth. He was named to the All-Tournament team of the EMU Sarasota Spring Classic in March.
Buckingham hit .314 with three homers and 25 RBI, both team-highs. He added seven doubles and batted .349 in HCAC games.
Parrett recorded a 5-3 record on the mound this season with a team-best 4.57 ERA. His 63 innings pitched led the squad as he struck out 30 hitters and walked just 16. He lowered his ERA to 3.41 in HCAC competition and established BC career records for wins (23), innings pitched (257.2) and games pitched (42).
Pickthorn batted .350 this season and recorded a .433 on base percentage. His 41 hits and 15 walks led the team, and he added 16 RBI. He was named to the All-Tournament team of the EMU Sarasota Spring Classic in March.
Sierer fashioned a 5-5 pitching record with a 4.74 ERA, which he lowered to 3.70 in league games. He struck out a team-high 51 batters in 62.2 innings of work and opponents hit just .247 against him. In HCAC games, he ranked fifth in the league in innings pitched (41.2) and fourth in strike outs (33). On March 10 against Kenyon College he pitched Bluffton's first recorded no-hitter was named to the All-Tournament team of the EMU Sarasota Spring Classic.
Bluffton College finished 6-8 in the HCAC for fifth place and ended the season with a 13-19 overall record.