Here is a recap of Bluffton University’s weekend sports competitions.
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Bluffton University soccer team fell to 3-3 and 2-3 at the Heartland Conference after a 47-21 loss at Mount St. Joseph on Saturday, April 3, 2021. A 20-point quarter from MSJ was too much to beat as the Lions hit three touchdowns in the final 6:14 of the first half.
Laurenz Johnson (Huber Heights / Wayne) put the crowd on the scoreboard with an 18-yard touchdown reception from fellow student Darnell Thomas (Toledo / Springfield) at 5:22 to play in the opening quarter. The Beavers were still leading 7-6 for most of the first half, until MSJ broke out for 20 points in the first 30 minutes and took the lead at 26-7 halfway through.
Thomas made it 26-14 in the middle of the third quarter when he got eight yards to the house. The two teams exchanged points towards the end of day three when freshman Kevaughn Robinson (Pickerington / North) came into play from the six-yard line, but MSJ scored two goals in the fourth quarter to secure their 47-21 win to end an injury. The Bluffton team was messed up on Saturday.
Travon Mason (Erlanger, Ky./Lloyd Memorial) led the floor game with 109 yards on 11 runs, including a 49-yarder. Thomas wore it 21 times for 89 meters.
Mount St. Joseph ended with a marked edge from 465 to 246 yards, including 226 to 35 passages. Bluffton moved the chains 4-out-of-14 times on third descents, compared to 6-out-of-10 for the Lions.
The newcomer Nick Perry (Northwood / Lake) led the beavers with nine tackles. Nolan Childress (Cleveland / Ginn Academy) made eight stops and Marcus Wood (Greenville) came in with a pickoff and a 40-yard return.
Bluffton will resume activity on Saturday April 10th when the Beavers greet rival Defiance College. The start in the Alumni Field is planned for 1:30 p.m.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Bluffton University softball team shared their double header to mark the opening of the conference in Rose-Hulman on Saturday, April 3, 2021. The Beavers moved to 4-12 overall and 1-1 in the Heartland Conference, while Rose is 6 -7 and 1-1 in the HCAC.
A sacrificial fly from Taylor Steinke (Findlay) in the first and another RBI from the senior in the third had put the Beavers 2-0 ahead before Rose plated a pair of undeserved tallies in the lower part of the frame. Lily Tate (Mount Gilead / Northmor) doubled up to open the fifth inning, and she came courtesy of a single from Bobbi Adams (Delaware / Rutherford B. Hayes) that came in 3-2.
After the game was tied 3-3 after seven innings, Sydney Zinkon prevailed with two outs in the eighth game against the winner when the Beavers opened their conference with a 4-3 win.
Senior Katie McCord (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) Came in and worked on goalless pictures through the seventh and eighth rounds to achieve her first win of the season. She only allowed one hit without walks. Sophomore Erin Norman (Pleasant Hill / Newton) scored six strong innings and allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, with seven hits with five punchouts.
Adams finished with three hits. Tate went 2 out of 5 with two runs scored. Steinke drove in two runs and Riley Langstaff (Findlay) pounded a pair of two-diggers.
Bluffton gave up seven runs in the first two frames of game two, but three Beaver Tallies in the second and one more in the third kept the crowd within striking distance. Lexus Rutledge (Henderson, KY / Henderson County) put together a two-part single and Brianna Baker (Defiance / Ayersville) followed with a basic punch that hit Marissa Auvil (Canton / Hoover) in the second frame. Steinke’s RBI double in the third race was in Sammi Urban (Troy / Miami East) and made it 7-4 in favor of the engineers.
Auvil’s double in the fifth picked up Steinke and Adams and tied the score at seven, but a ground ball with full sacks on the bottom of the seventh brought RHIT to an 8-7 win in the second game.
Steinke, Auvil and Rutledge drove in two runs during the nightcap. Steinke scored twice for the Beavers. Junior Grace Fillinger (Hinckley / Highland) was unlucky after limiting RHIT to just two runs with six hits over the last 5.1 innings. She went two and knocked out one. McCord was marked for six runs with nine hits in just 1+ inning in a circle.
Bluffton will welcome Manchester to two conference games on Wednesday March 7th. The first place is planned for 3:30 p.m.
BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Bluffton University softball team tossed a double header on Case Reserve on Good Friday, April 2, 2021. The Spartans achieved a 14-0 victory by grace rules in the first game and then won game two with 8-3.
The only goal from Bluffton in the first game was a missile from Bobbi Adams (Delaware / Rutherford B. Hayes), which went down the right field line in the fourth inning. The Spartans only scored three innings, but they made them count with two in the first, five in the third, and seven in the fifth frame. Leadoff batsman Sarah Miller showed why she came into play with a batting average of 0.407 and five things when she lasered the second pitch of the game over the fence in midfield and cleared the bases with her bomb to the right in the fifth inning.
Katie McCord (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) Fell 1-4 after dropping 14 runs, seven of which were earned, on 13 hits in five innings. She went three and knocked out a batter.
After six more goalless frames for the Beavers to start the second game, the Bluffton Bats found life in the seventh. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Adams and Taylor Steinke (Findlay) covered Lily Tate (Mount Gilead / Northmor), Prize runner Sammi Urban (Troy / Miami East) and Sydney Bowen (Convoy / Crestview), but it wasn’t enough when the visitors finished the sweep with an 8-3 win in the second game.
Sophomore Erin Norman (Pleasant Hill / Newton) slipped to 1-3 after allowing four runs with five hits at her start with six innings. She went three and knocked out a Spartan. Steinke drove in two runs and senior Riley Langstaff (Findlay) went 2: 4 for the home team.
Bluffton will have an early wake-up call on Saturday, April 3, when they travel four and a half hours to Terre Haute, Indiana to play two conference games at Rose-Hulman. The first competition is scheduled for 1 p.m.
BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Bluffton University baseball team had their best day in 2021 with a win for rival Defiance College at Memorial Field on a beautiful Saturday, April 3, 2021. The Beavers took care of business with a 13: 3 Victory by the Rule of Grace In the first game, they finished the sweep with another seven-inning job, this time with a 16-5 win.
Bluffton ran runs on the scoreboard in five out of seven innings en route to a 13-3 win in the first game. Parker Reynolds (Avon) and Adam Duncan (Northwood / Lake) caused the damage with RBI doubles in the lower part of the first when Bluffton rose 4-0 over the jackets.
Sophomore Jack Towell (Batavia / West Clermont) doubled up in the second game to Reid Ruhl (Hamilton) home, and when Luke Hanson (Somerset / Sheridan) took a base-laden walk, Towell crossed the bowl for a 6-0 after two innings. Spread.
Ruhl lifted a sacrificial fly after a triple lead from Jaxon Rogan in the third and tripled Duncan and Nick Diana (Batavia / West Clermont) home in the fourth to gain a 9-0 advantage.
Despite stuck with one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh, four home team hits in the lower part of the frame ended him mercilessly, with Bluffton finishing the first game 13-3. A two-part double by Jake Baumgartner (Toledo / Start), followed by a two-barrel Duncan Base Knock, was all she wrote in the Lidlifter.
Sophomore Jacob Boelkens (Millbury / Lake) made the most of his second start in a row. He allowed only three runs, two of which were earned, with six hits in six innings. Boelkens fanned out seven and left four. Jaden Jaques (New Palestine, IN / New Palestine) worked a scoreless seventh to close it.
Ruhl, Baumgartner and Duncan all drove in three runs and Hanson added a pair of RBI. Latkofsky, Towell, Reynolds, Baumgartner and Duncan crossed the bowl twice in a 13-3 game.
The second game was almost over before the start. Ten bluff tone runs in the home half of the first was more than enough to take the jackets off. Eight of those numbers weren’t earned when DC added to his misery with two mistakes on the first inning. A three run towel bomb was the highlight!
Reynolds jumped into long ball action with a three run homer in game four as Bluffton took the lead 15-2 and went to the fifth inning. Defiance tried to make a game out of it, with three points in the top of the fifth, but a Towell RBI single in the bottom of the frame increased the lead to 11 for relievers Josh Slade (Cincinnati / Madeira) and Seth Evans (Ada / OSU) -Lima) who took it home in seven when it only took eight batters to finish the 16-5 win.
Tommy Siemer (Liberty Township / Lakota East) improved to 3-1 over the course of the season and enabled five runs with eight hits with five deflections in five innings. Towell drove in five runs while Latkofsky added four in the second game. Ruhl and Rogan scored three goals each, while Latkofsky, Towell and Baumgartner all scored two goals. Adam Yoh (Milford) threw in some safety precautions.
After a weekend of painting and hunt for Easter eggs, the beavers will be back to work with a Heartland Conference series in Transylvania this coming Saturday April 10th after completing their game on March 6th in Lexington, Ky.
LIBERTY, Ind. – The Bluffton University men’s golf team traveled to Indiana for the first day of the Randal Sadler Invitational at Harbor Links Golf Course. Bluffton is in sixth place after shooting a 328 on Good Friday April 2, 2021.
Senior Takoda Pratt (Shelby) led the Beavers with an impressive 79. Nathan Eberle (Grove City) and Nick Offenburger (Lexington) were just off with 82 and 83 respectively. Sophomore Justin Metsker (Burbank / Wickliffe) rounded off the goalscorers for Bluffton with 84 on Saturday.
The beavers will tee it off for the second round on Saturday, April 3rd, around 10am.