Local College Roundup: Heidelberg splits with John?Carroll in OAC?finale

Senior Ali Sayre pitched her seventh complete game this year and Jami Wagner tied the team career steal mark Saturday as Heidelberg earned a split with John Carroll on Strike Out Cancer Day at Jocko Huffmon Field.

Heidelberg won the opener 2-1, but fell 6-3 in the second in the final Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader of the year.

Sayre (7-6), the team’s lone senior, fanned two and scattered just four walks and six hits.

John Carroll’s lone run came in the top of the seventh.

The Student Princes got both of their runs in the first.

Wagner led off with a single, stole second and went to third on Marissa Smego’s one-out single down the left field line.

Bri Sinden followed with an RBI triple to right, with Smego scoring on a fielding error by the catcher on the play.

Wagner added another steal later in the game, giving her 23 this year and allowing her to tie the team career mark at 61.

Smego finished 2 for 3.

Heidelberg looked to sweep the twinbill by jumping out 3-0 in the bottom of the first in the second game, but the Blue Streaks settled in after that on defense and scored four times in the third to take the lead for good.

Nicola Gabriela (3-11) took the loss for the Student Princes (12-22, 2-16 OAC). Only two of the four runs she allowed were earned.

Sinden doubled and singled and Kayla Zachrich hit two singles.

The Blue Streaks moved to 24-9 overall and 14-4 in the OAC.

Win streak snapped

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS – John Carroll halted its eight-year loss streak to Heidelberg by sweeping an Ohio Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader 4-0 and 13-1 Saturday.

Heidelberg had beaten John Carroll 16 times in a row, dating back to 2005.

Pat O’Brien got the win in the opener, allowing just three hits in six innings. Zach Verner finished the game.

Ethan Holt took the loss for the Student Princes, who fell behind with single runs in the first two innings.

The Blue Streaks powered away in the second game by plating three runs – two unearned – in the first inning.

The Student Princes (19-17, 7-9 OAC) got their run in the eighth to cut the deficit to 7-1, but John Carroll countered with six runs in the bottom of the frame.

Heidelberg loaded the bases in the ninth but couldn’t score.

TU goes 1-1 with Eagles

ASHLAND – Tiffin University’s softball team nearly swept Ashland, but fell 5-4 in 10 innings in the opener before taking the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference nightcap 5-4 Saturday.

Amber Young suffered the loss in the opener, going 9 2/3 innings before giving up a game-ending RBI single. She fanned seven.

Tiffin had the bases loaded with no outs in the 10th, but managed just one unearned run to go up 4-3.

The Eagles answered by putting runners on second and third in the bottom of the 10th with two outs before getting the game-winning hit.

Brianna Gamm had three hits and an RBI for TU and Caitlin Houk singled twice, doubled and drove in a run. Kaitlin Robinson also doubled.

Kelsey Yaratch got the win in the second game with 4 1/3 innings of relief for the Dragons (20-24, 13-11 GLIAC). Sarah Brown started for TU, and Young got the save by fanning the final batter with a runner on third.

Tiffin opened with a run in the first and added four more in the second, then held on from there.

Houk drove in three runs with two hits for Tiffin and Kristin Prokopakis had an RBI and two hits.

Dragons drop a pair

Tiffin dropped a pair of one-run Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games Saturday to Walsh, falling 1-0 and 6-5.

The first game had just three hits.

Tiffin loaded the bases in the first inning, but Walsh escaped with a double play and a ground out.

The Cavaliers got the game’s lone run in the sixth thanks to an error. The Dragons threatened in the bottom of the sixth with two on and one out, but another double play ended the threat.

Nick Rodesky (4-2) suffered the hard-luck loss, giving up an unearned run, walking two, allowing one hit and fanning five in seven innings.

Dave Roper (2-2) picked up the win for Walsh, and Neal Edwards had a 1-2-3 seventh for his seventh save of the year.

Walsh jumped out 3-0 in the first inning of the second game.

Weber’s homered in the bottom of the first for TU (18-26, 12-16 GLIAC), but Walsh (20-17, 14-13) tacked on two runs in the third to go up 5-1.

Williams’ homer came in the fourth to make it 5-2, and Tiffin rallied in the seventh.

Tayler Glass lined a two-run single with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh. Williams then doubled in Weber, but Glass was thrown out at the plate.

Walsh answered with a run in the eighth to go up 6-5, then held on from there.

Williams ended with three hits and drove in a pair for TU and Glass had two hits and two RBIs. Dave Blalock (1-5) took the loss.

Andrew Bonnette and Mike Lee both had two hits for Walsh. Edwards (1-2) got the win.