Wilmington falls to Bluffton

BLUFFTON – The Wilmington College baseball team lost its sixth straight game Friday, falling to Bluffton in non-conference action, 7-5.

The Quakers pounded out 12 hits, but two double plays and the inability to get the clutch hit doomed them. Wilmington left eight runners on base and were 5-of-19 with runners in scoring position.

"When we had them on the ropes, we didn't get the big hit," said head coach Tony Haley. "We just couldn't get the big two-out hit. We got a lot of men on base, we just couldn't get them across the plate."

Wilmington took the lead in the second with two runs, but the inning was short circuited by a double play. Freshman Alec Hutzelman (Centerville, OH/Centerville) started the rally with a single and WC had runners on second and third with no outs following a double by senior Jake Vinkovich (Circleville, OH/Circleville). Freshman Max Ramsey (Waynesville, OH/Waynesville) brought home one run, and then another run came home on the twin-killing.

Bluffton took the lead for good with four runs in the third and two in the fourth. The Beavers added a single run in the sixth inning to claim a five-run advantage.

Junior Brandon Arehart (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) brought home the Quakers' third run with a RBI single, and a throwing error enabled WC to pulled to within 7-4. However, back-to-back groundout kept the deficit at three.

The deficit was cut to two runs on a sophomore Roenick Whitney (Goshen, OH/Goshen) RBI single, but another twin-killing stymied any momentum.

Senior Hunter Justus (Circleville, OH/Logan Elm) fell to 1-2, allowing six earned runs on six hits in four innings of work. Freshman Billy Foster (Xenia, OH/Xenia) allowed just one run in 3 2/3 innings.

Wilmington (3-7) travels to Hanover Saturday in non-conference action.