Manchester knocks Bluffton out of HCAC tourney
May 8, 2010
By: Brandy Bidlack, sports information assistant
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LEXINGTON, Kentucky - The Bluffton University softball team fell to Manchester College
in the Heartland Conference Tournament semi-finals, 11-4, on Saturday, May 8, 2010.
Bluffton finished the 2010 season 18-22 while Manchester improved to 23-19-1.
The Spartans started off strong, building a commanding 6-0 lead by the bottom of the
second inning. In the bottom of the third, the Beavers cut the deficit to four, starting
with a Shelby Wade (Delaware/Buckeye Valley) single to left. Stevie Cuttitta (Columbiaville, Mich./Clio) doubled to center, moving Wade to third before she crossed
the plate on a fielder's choice. A Torrie Wilson (Delphos/Jefferson) squeeze bunt gave Allison Radomski (Cincinnati/Christian) the green light for home.
In the fourth, senior Brooke Babcock (Findlay) found a gap through the left side and went to second thanks to a single
from teammate Emily Manahan (Columbus/Bishop Watterson). After reaching third on a fielder's choice, Babcock
added another tally for the Bluffton score thanks to a sacrifice fly from Wade.
Manchester added five more runs over the next three innings, making it 11-3. In the
bottom of the seventh, sophomore Jessica McDonald (Mechanicsburg) drew a free pass. A Wade single moved pinch runner Meagan Price (Toledo/Springfield) to second and then third following an error by the Spartans.
A ground out scored Price, but Manchester proved to be too much as the Spartans defeated
the Beavers 11-4 in the HCAC Tournament. Transylvania then clinched the NCAA AQ berth
with a 6-2 win over the Spartans.
Both Shelby Wade and senior Jayme Marbaugh (Ohio City/Parkway) had two hits in the contest. Marbaugh and Price were named to
the All-Tournament Team. Senior Brooke Babcock fell to 10-12 in her final appearance
on the mound for the Beavers.