Tiffin lays down law against Hillsdale

Two quality starts and plenty of hitting allowed Tiffin University to sweep Hillsdale Friday, and even its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference record at 4-4.

In the first game with the Chargers, TU’s Nick Rodesky pitched a solid six innings in which he allowed no earned runs, and the Dragons prevailed, 7-3. They followed that by overwhelming Hillsdale in the second game, 14-2.

In the first contest, Hillsdale got three runs in the first inning, its only runs of the game.

Tiffin responded with five in its half of the first, adding single runs in the third and sixth of the seven-inning game.

Rodesky (2-1) allowed five hits, striking out 10 and walking two. Cody Dunn pitched a scoreless seventh for the Dragons to secure the win.

Offensively, TU was led by Ryan Williams and Colin Sallee, who each had a hit and two runs batted in.

Cole McCurry, the team’s leadoff hitter, had two hits, and RBI and scored a run.

Hillsdale starter Chris McDonald took the loss, lasting just 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs, five earned on four hits. He hit two batters and walked five.

Connor Bartlett had two hits and two RBIs for the Chargers.

In the second game, the Dragons once again scored five runs in the first inning, taking control early and battering Hilldale with a 12-hit effort.

Leading the way was Brock Mitchell, whose three-run blast in the fourth gave TU an 8-1 lead. Jordan Stum also had a big day, scoring three runs on three hits (two doubles) and driving in three runs.

Garrett Vernau, Mario Rodriguez and Nick Calandra drove in two runs each for TU, which improved to 10-13, 4-4.

Dragons pitcher Brett Faber (2-1) gave Tiffin a solid outing, throwing six innings, allowing five hits and two runs, one of which was earned. He struck out six and walked one before turning the ball over to reliever Connor Wendt, who pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two.

Hillsdale’s Bartlett drove in a run, as did Brad Hayden. Chargers’ starting pitcher Lucas Hamelink took the loss, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing eight runs, seven earned.

The Chargers slipped to 10-10, 3-4.

HU tennis slips in Bexley

BEXLEY – Heidelberg’s men’s tennis team won the first two singles matches, but that was it Friday in a 7-2 loss at Capital in HU’s Ohio Athletic Conference opener.

Cliff Goetz snared one of his team’s wins at first singles, where he downed the Crusaders’ Luke Buchanan 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (13-11).

HU’s No. 2 singles player, Zach Schwenning, beat John Murray 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (12-10).

Capital won all of the other matches, improving to 6-2, 2-0 in the OAC. Heidelberg slipped to 2-7, 1-0.

Wilmington’s Monnier quiets HU softball

Danielle Monnier stifled Heidelberg’s offense, pitching 8 1/3 scoreless innings over two games and leading Wilmington to a 4-0, 6-3 sweep over the Student Princes at Jocko Huffman Park in Tiffin.

In the first game, Wilmington used a four-run second inning to go ahead, then turned things over to its ace.

Monnier allowed just one hit in a complete seven innings. She walked five and struck out eight. The only hit she allowed was a single to Mikaela Mitsch in improving to 7-1.

Heidelberg’s Nicola Gabriele took the loss, falling to 1-2. She allowed eight hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings, but only one of those runs was earned. She walked three and struck out four.

In the second game, Wilmington grabbed a 4-1 lead after two innings, getting a two-run homer in the first from Brooke Byrne. Stacey Lunsford had two hits and drove in two runs for Wilmington (14-4, 2-2 Ohio Athletic Conference), while Megan Rachford went 4 for 4 at the plate and scored twice.

Mitsch again led Heidelberg (8-8, 0-4) with three hits and a run scored. Lisa Simmons drove in two runs.

Jess Clutter (5-3) picked up the win for the Quakers, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three unearned runs. She was relieved by Monnier, who went 1 2/3 scoreless innings to close it out.

Carly Pickard (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Heidelberg makes it look easy in OAC openers

WILMINGTON – It’s possible Heidelberg’s Ohio Athletic Conference openers against Wilmington could have gone better Saturday.

The Student Princes could have struck oil on their way to the games.

Otherwise, it was a picture perfect start for Heidelberg, which got strong pitching, strong hitting, and outscored the Quakers by 27 runs, sweeping them 15-0 and 14-2.

In the first game, Heidelberg scored three runs in the second, then pulled away with a vengeance, putting up two in the fourth and fifth, three in the sixth and five in the seventh.

Alex Grove homered for HU, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Doug Miller and Andrew Zenczak each drove in two runs, with T.J. Harkness, Arneal Squibb, Derek Hug, Ben Blystone, Trevor Oldham and Jordan Martin all driving in single runs.

The beneficiary of all this offense was starting pitcher Tyler Fruhwirth, who allowed one hit and one walk, and that was it over six innings. He struck out seven in improving to 2-2. Danny Kilger, the place kicker for Heidelberg’s football team, added a scoreless inning of relief to finish things out.

For the second game, those in attendance must have been getting the unmistakable feeling of deja vu.

This time, Heidelberg scored four in the second, three in the third, three in the seventh and four in the eighth.

The offense this time was paced by Steve Morse, who had three hits, scored three runs and drove in three, and Squibb, who scored three times, drove in three runs and had a pair of hits. Catcher Jordan Martin also drove in two runs.

Ryan Minteer got the win in the second game, allowing one run over six innings, striking out seven and walking two while allowing four hits. He improved to 2-3. Four HU relievers followed, allowing no earned runs over the final three innings.

Heidelberg improved to 13-6, 2-0. Wilmington fell to 3-15, 0-2.

Friday belonged to Tiffin’s starting pitchers.

First it was Amber Young, who allowed three hits over five scoreless innings, helping TU to an 8-0 win over visiting Hillsdale.

Young didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven, now standing at 1-0.

For the second game, starter Sarah Brown stepped up, allowing just one run over a complete seven innings. Brown struck out eight and allowed three hits, walking one and leading the Dragons to a 5-1.

The games were the first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contests for TU, which improved to 8-12, 2-10. Hillsdale’s fell to 2-9, 1-3.

In the first game, the big hit came from Madison Yanek, whose grand slam was part of a seven-run third that put the game away.

In the second game, Kimberlee Hetrick pinch-hit two run homer in the sixth opened up a tight game.

Cassandra Brown added three hits, an RBI and a run scored for Tiffin.