Bullpen delivers as Heidelberg improves to 5-0

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Heidelberg kept on rolling on its spring trip, staying undefeated by rallying to beat Widener, 5-3.

The win improved HU to 5-0.

“We’ve got a good group of guys returning, thought we’d have a chance to come down here and be successful,” coach Matt Palm said. “We’re pleased with the way we started, but there’s still a lot of games to be played.”

Down 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Student Princes scored three runs off Pioneers’ starter Shawn Barton.

Steve Morse and Arneal Squibb opened the inning with singles. After a fielder’s choice, HU shortstop Andrew Zenczak was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

That brought up leadoff hitter Joe Staab, who lined a single to score Squibb. Zenczak was thrown out at second on the play, but a wild pitch to the next batter – T.J.Harkness – scored another run and moved Staab to third.

Staab then came home with his team’s third run of the inning when Harkness doubled to make it 4-3.

“We’ve had quite a few two-out hits with guys in scoring position,” Palm said.

HU added another run in the sixth, and the bullpen took care of the rest. Teddy Lowe ad Adam Manner each threw three scoreless innings, then Willard graduate Kyle Fluharty came on to strike out the side in the ninth to record his second save of the young season.

“If you’re gonna get seven innings out of your bullpen, you better hope to have a day off tomorrow,” Palm said with a laugh. We’re pleased with the way our bullpen’s thrown. We feel we have a chance to do some really good things out of the pen.”

Lowe got the win (2-0), while Barton took the loss, his first decision.

Heidelberg freshman left-handed pitcher Alex Zander started, his first collegiate appearance. Zander, who shut down Seneca East in the Division IV regional finals last May as a member of Cuyahoga Heights High School, gave up three hits and three runs in two innings, striking out two and walking four. He lasted two innings.

“We think Alex is gonna be really good,” Palm said. “We have a lot of confidence in him, it was just one of those first starts”

Offensively, the Princes were led by Staab, who had a pair of hits and scored twice. Eric Monroe drove in a run.

Alec O’Dell hit a solo homer for the Pioneers, who dropped to 0-3.