Heidelberg came tantalizingly close to sweeping Wilmington Thursday, but was forced to settle for a split. The Student Princes won the first game, 3-1, then dropped the second, 4-3, in eight innings.
In Game 1, Heidelberg got a brilliant pitching effort from Paige Atterholt, who threw a complete game five hitter. She allowed one unearned run. She struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
Randy Kelsey drove in the Student Princes' first run with an RBI double in the second, but Wilmington's Kaylee Cox tied the game in the third with an RBI single.
Heidelberg first baseman Marissa Smego catches a throw Friday. Behind on the fence is a dixie cup salute to lone senior and New Riegel graduate Jami Wagner.
Heidelberg outfielder Jami Wagner squares to bunt during Friday’s first game against Wilmington in Tiffin.
Heidelberg took the lead for good in the sixth when Marissa Smego reached on an error by the Quakers' second baseman, which scored HU's Lesa Simmons. Mikaela Mitsch followed with an RBI double to close the scoring.
In Game 2, Wilmington scored two runs in the top of the first, then added a run in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.
Heidelberg rallied with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Smego played a role in all of the runs. She reached on an error in the fifth, allowing a run to score, then hit a two-run single in the sixth to tie the game.
HU went on to load the bases with one out in the inning, but was unable to get the go-ahead run home.
Wilmington won the game in the eighth when Erika Lee reached on an error, allowing Catlin Schilling to score an unearned run.
Erin Chapman suffered a tough-luck loss, going eight innings and allowing three earned runs on nine hits.
Heidelberg moved to 19-11, 8-8 in the OAC. The Princes have just two OAC games left on the schedule: a doubleheader at Otterbein next week. The Princes are a game out of the final OAC Tournament spot.
Friday also was Senior Day, where the Princes honored outfielder Jami Wagner, a New Riegel graduate. Wagner had two hits and a stolen base in the doubleheader.
twice to Dragons
It can be argued that Logan Sendelbach's win-loss record should be well above the 1-7 mark it was coming into Friday's doubleheader against Northwood with his sub-three ERA. Friday's second game, the Hopewell-Loudon grad produced another solid outing, and got more than enough offensive backing in an 8-3 TU victory.
That win complete a sweep on the day, as TU blanked Northwood 10-0 in the opener.
In that game, it was TU pitcher Tyler Nichols shutting down the Timberwolves, scattering five hits over the seven innings, striking out three.
TU struck early with four in the first. Cody Spires tripled home two runs, then scored on a Northwood error.
Devon Fisk later drove in Kyle Lento to make it 4-0.
Spires put an exclamation point on the win with a two-run home run in the sixth.
In Game 2, Northwood took a 2-1 lead in the fourth, but TU countered with five in the bottom of the frame. Two runs were walked in before Garrett Vernau had an RBI single, and Nick Calandra singled home two.
Sendelbach went six innings, giving up five hits. Only one of the three runs he gave up was earned. He struck out four.
TU improves to 12-26, 11-10 GLIAC.
'Berg bashes Quakers
Heidelberg sits atop the Ohio Athletic Conference; Wilmington sits on the bottom. Upsets do happen in the world of college baseball, but not Friday. Heidelberg crushed the Quakers in a doubleheader by scores of 15-0 and 14-4.
Chris Thomas and Travis Gray combined on the shutout in the opener. Thomas tossed the first eight innings allowing four hits. Gray finished things off closing the door in the ninth.
T.J. Harkness and Andrew Zenczak did the bulk of the offensive damage. Harkness drove in five runs and Zenczak four. Eric Monroe, Derek Hug, Adam Hershberger and Christian Verde also drove in runs.
After a scoreless first inning, the Student Princes tallied runs in the next six frames, with a four-spot in the third and six in the seventh.
The second game was more of the same. Heidelberg (27-5, 12-2) scored two runs in each of the first three innings, then matched the total with six in the fourth.
Austin Fleming tripled and doubled driving in three. Joe Staab also had three RBIs with Hershberger and Zenczak each with two. Alex Grove and Steven Morse also had RBIs.
Steve Huber upped his record to 4-0 throwing the first six innings, allowing three hits and striking out six. North Baltimore product Jordan Watson tossed two innings of relief with three strikeouts.
TU softball swept
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Tiffin softball dropped a pair Friday to Grand Valley State, 6-3, and 3-1 in a 10-inning affair.
In the opener, the Dragons and Lakers stood tied at 1 into the fifth inning, where GVSU pounded out four runs to take control. It then added one more in the sixth. Tiffin mounted a mini-rally with two in the seventh but the hole turned out to be too deep.
Jena King singled, doubled and drove in two. Payton Denman and Cassandra Brown also had two-hit games.
Game 2 was tight throughout. TU's Madison Yanek and Grand Valley's Lauren Gevaart matched zeros through the first five innings before Yanek gave way to Taylor Spang. Grand Valley finally gave the scoreboard operator some work with a run in the top of the seventh, but Yanek prolonged the afternoon with a home run in the bottom of the seventh.
The game went into the 10th where the Lakers tallied two, and the Dragons couldn't respond.
The loss drops Tiffin below the .500 mark in GLIAC play at 7-9. The Dragons stand at 20-15 overall.