Local College Roundup: Grove blasts HU to comeback win

Trailing Trine 6-1 going to the bottom of the sixth, Heidelberg rallied for 10 runs over the next two innings and knocked off the Thunder, 11-9.

Alex Grove’s two run homer in the bottom of the seventh spurred a six-run frame, giving the Student Princes an advantage they didn’t relinquish.

HU built an 11-6 lead, but Trine rallied, cutting the lead to two. But Ryan Minteer, a Bellevue graduate, got through the inning from there to pick up his first save. Danny Kilger, kicker on Heidelberg’s football team, picked up his first win.

Joe Staab had three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs for Heidelberg, which improved to 19-13. Arneal Squibb also drove in two runs.

Carter Stafford homered twice for the Thunder, who fell to 16-14.

Cardinals fly past Heidelberg

WESTERVILLE – The Ohio Athletic Conference remained unkind to Heidelberg’s softball team as the Student Princes dropped two Tuesday at Otterbein. Heidelberg lost the opener 6-1 and then a 4-3 nine-inning affair to drop to 11-21, 1-15 on the season.

Otterbein jumped out to a 6-0 lead after six innings before the Student Princes got on the board when Lisa Simmons drove in Brittany Yost.

In game two, Heidelberg struck first on an RBI double by Simmons. After Otterbein tied the game, the Student Princes jumped back ahead when Jessica Lieberth scored on a throwing error and Lydia Stover singled home Kayla Zachrich.

However, Otterbein rallied to force extra innings, then scored the winning run in the ninth off a wild pitch.

TU splits with ND

EUCLID – A one-hitter tossed by Kimberlee Hetrick highlighted Tiffin softball’s day at Notre Dame College. Hetrick pitched the Dragons to a 9-1 victory in the opener Tuesday, but the Falcons came back with a 13-4 win in game two.

TU took advantage of Notre Dame’s defensive problems in game one. The Falcons committed four errors while Kristin Robinson and Cassandra Brown each doubled and drove in two. Tables were turned in game two as it was the Dragons turn to boot the ball around. Five errors led to nine unearned Falcons runs.

Kristin Prokopakis tripled and singled in the game while Robinson and Caitlin Houk picked up RBIs for Tiffin.