After being blanked in the first game of a twinbill with Baldwin-Wallace, Heidelberg was still staring at a zero in its Ohio Athletic Conference win column. At night's end, that zero was no longer there. After falling 5-0 in the opener against Yellow Jackets, Heidelberg responded with a 4-3 win for its first OAC softball victory.
All of the scoring transpired in the first three innings of game two. Baldwin-Wallace took a 2-0 lead after the top of the first, but single Heidelberg runs in the first and second knotted the game.
B-W tacked another run on in the top of the third, but Jessica Lieberth tripled home Bri Sinden, the came home herself on a balk for what proved to be the winning run.
Nicola Gabriele and Marissa Smego added RBIs. Gabriele pitched the Student Princes to the win, striking out seven while scattering eight hits over seven innings.
Jami Wagner, Lisa Simmons and Smego had the only 'Berg hits in the opener.
HU baseball splits
with Yellow Jackets
BEREA - A late rally in the day's first game lifted Heidelberg to a split of its doubleheader at Baldwin-Wallace.
The Student Princes fell behind 3-0 after three innings, before finally getting the offense going. They plated two in each the fourth and fifth innings, but still trailed 5-4 when they came up for their final at-bat.
Heidelberg made the most of its final chance, scoring five in the seventh for a 9-5 victory. Eric Monroe, Derek Hug and Jordan Martin each drove in two in the victory. Joe Staab and Alex Grove added RBIs. Grove went 3 for 4 in the contest.
Adam Manner picked up the win in relief, allowing just two hits and no runs in three innings of work.
The tables were turned in the second game. Heidelberg led 4-2 when B-W took its turn in the bottom of the fifth. Four runs later, the Yellow Jackets had a 6-4 lead, which turned out to be the winning margin.
Martin and Hug each had two hits for the Student Princes (16-13, 5-7 OAC). Grove and Andrew Zenczak drove in runs.
Eagles triple up Dragons
It's not often a team drops three in one day. However, that's the unpleasant situation Tiffin's baseball team found itself in Wednesday against Ashland, one of the front-runners in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The two first finished two innings of a game suspended from last week, with the Eagles taking an 11-2 win. Next, in a nine-inning conference game, TU was blanked 9-0. Finally, in a seven-inning non-league contest, Ashland prevailed 5-0.
In the nine-inning game, Hopewell-Loudon graduate Logan Sendelbach was saddled with the loss despite a solid outing. He allowed just three runs in 5 2/3 innings, before Ashland broke the game open with five in the ninth.
TU's offense struggled all day, only managing four hits in the 9-0 loss and three in the 5-0 defeat, two coming from Colin Sallee.
TU now sits at 17-21, 11-11 in the GLIAC.