Local College Roundup: HU women’s tennis edges Muskingum

Katie Strahan and Sofey Fugate had a big day Saturday, allowing Heidelberg’s women’s tennis team to edge Muskingum, 5-4.

Strahan defeated the Muskies’ Lindsay Mullen, 6-2, 6-0, then teamed with Fugate to beat Mullen and Rebecca Keeley, 8-3. It was the only doubles match the Student Princes won.

Fugate beat Keeley, 6-0, 6-1, in singles play.

In other matches, HU’s Sara Potts beat Cassandra Sarver, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), while the Student Princes’ Melissa Lovati downed Johanna Smith, 6-2, 6-1.

TU softball manages split

DETROIT – Amber Young scattered five hits over seven scoreless innings, pitching Tiffin University’s softball team to a 3-0 win over Wayne State in the first game of a doubleheader.

Wayne State responded by fighting off a late TU rally to win the second game, 4-3.

In the first contest, Young (4-2) struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. She was backed by Caitlin Houk, who doubled and drove in two runs, and by Madison Yanek, who drove in the other run.

In the second game, Tiffin (11-15, 5-3) came up in the bottom of the seventh (teams in the GLIAC alternate as the home team in doubleheaders) trailing 4-1. The Dragons got within a run after Houk’s two-out, two-run double, but Yanek fanned to end the game.

Kasie Sepada provided TU’s other run by clubbing a solo shot in the second inning.

Yanek took the loss for the Dragons. She went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, but none were earned.

Tiffin committed four errors.

HU softball falls on Community Day

In softball, you can hit the ball or you can be hit by the ball. In Saturday’s game against Muskingum, both occurred in the same play.

New Riegel graduate Jami Wagner smacked a single for HU to advance Lydia Stover home from third base, however the ball was ruled dead when it struck Jessica Lieberth on her voyage to second base, which erased the game-winning run.

The Muskies pushed the game into 11 innings and held onto a 8-7 win the first game of the doubleheader.

The Muskies swept game two in come-from-behind fashion, winning 10-4.

HU raced out to an early 4-0 lead but Muskingum pulled even and then sailed ahead from there.

‘Berg falls on road

NEW CONCORD – Heidelberg hung tough in the opener but couldn’t score and was unable to hold off a charging Muskingum squad late in game two, falling 2-0 and 10-9.

In game one, both teams remained scoreless until Muskingum’s Adam Bennett scored off a bases-loaded walk.

Another run by Nick Raymond put Muskingum up 2-0.

Justin Warrington pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to close it out.

Things stayed close in game two between OAC rivals.

Heidelberg scored the first run in the third when Eric Monroe scored Doug Miller’s base hit.

The Muskies (4-16, 2-4 OAC) tied things up before erupting for four runs in the seventh. Again, Heidelberg batted back to tie it 8-8 with five runs in the eighth.

The Student Princes (13-10, 2-4 OAC) scored in the top of the 10th to take a 9-8 lead before the game was decided in the bottom half of the frame. Muskie Michael Lynn hit a two-run walkoff double to left-center to help Muskingum sweep HU for the day.

TU sweeps Malone

Tiffin continues to improve upon it’s winning streak, now seven strong after a 2-1, 8-1 doubleheader sweep against Malone. In game one, Malone took an early lead but Tiffin fought back after Cole McCurry singled in the third inning to score Colin Sallee.

McCurry hit a fielder’s choice in the seventh to bring in Darrell Wynkoop and seal a first game victory.

In the nightcap, Tiffin (15-14, 9-5 GLIAC) scored early and pushed open the lead after Malone scored it’s lone run in the third.

Tiffin used two errors and two hits to score four runs in the fourth.

Klepper (2-3) picked up the win with seven strikeouts and only allowing four hits.

Malone fell to 9-18, 2-12 GLIAC.