Milestones Set in Baseball’s Series-Opening Win over Bluffton
Franklin, Ind. - Senior Scott Windler (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette Central Catholic) became Franklin College's all-time hit leader and Head Coach Lance Marshall recorded his 400th victory in the baseball team's 10-1 win over Bluffton University on Friday from John P. McDowell Field.
Windler set the record on a two-run home run in the sixth inning. The outfielder tied the Nick Stoia's (2010-13) mark of 232 hit with a single in the first inning. This marked the second-straight season the hit record has been set – both on home runs.
Marshall has a 400-290 overall record in 17 seasons leading the Grizzlies.
Franklin (23-14, 14-9 HCAC) is now tied for third place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and is one game behind second place Anderson University.
The Grizzlies broke the scoreless game behind a four-run third inning. Freshman Cody Shipley (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) drove in freshman Damon DeJesus (Fort Wayne, Ind./Blackhawk Christian). A sacrifice fly by junior Mitch Frey (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) plated sophomore Drew Kammerer (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage. Shipley later stole home before sophomore Joe Ardizzone (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) capped the scoring with a single.
The team added two more runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Junior Jameson Brock (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) had a run-scoring single to score DeJesus. Kammerer later scored on a wild pitch.
In the sixth inning, Shipley slapped a single to score Brock, who doubled with two outs earlier in the frame. Then came Windler's record-setting homer. He now leads the team with six home runs on the season.
Senior Chris Hoopingarner (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) struck out a career-high 11 batters and allowed one unearned run in eight innings. The left hander improved to 7-4 on the season. Junior Lincoln Jones (Ramsey, Ind./North Harrison) tossed a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory.
Brock led Franklin's nine-hit attack, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Windler drove in two runs and tallied two hits. He also scored two runs in the victory. DeJesus tallied two hits, while Kammerer scored two runs.
Franklin concludes its series against Bluffton with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 3 at noon. Live statistics and video of the games will be available here. In-game updates will be available on Twitter (@FCAthletics) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinCollegeAthletics).