Local College Roundup: Heidelberg closes out season with split, falls short of OAC?Tourney

It’s only happened twice since Matt Palm has been Heidelberg’s men’s baseball coach. But the Student Princes will not be heading to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.

HU split a pair of games with Capital, losing the first game 14-12 and winning the second one 6-6.

That wrapped its regular season at 20-20 and 8-10 in the OAC. They finished seventh in the league; only the top four make the conference tournament.

The Student Princes battled back from a 8-2 deficit in game one, taking a 12-10 lead going to the bottom of the seventh (the first game in OAC doubleheaders are seven innings long).

But the Crusaders got a run back, then Andy Grillo clubbed a three run homer to allow Capital to walk off with the win.

Grillo had a perfect game at the plate, going 4 for 4 with five runs batted in.

Ethan Holt started the game for Heidelberg, and battled through six innings, allowing 12 runs, 11 earned, on 12 hits and nine strikeouts. Teddy Lowe took the loss, retiring one batter in the seventh before Grillo’s homer.

Eric Monroe had two hits and drove in five runs for Heidelberg, while Derek Hug and Steve Morse each drove in two runs.

In the second game, Jordan Martin paced Heidelberg’s offense with two hits and four RBIs. TJ Harkness had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run for HU.

Steven Huber started the second game, allowing four runs, three earned in 3 1/3 innings. Bellevue graduate Adam Manner (5-2) took over and went 3 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Danny Kilger, who doubled as the kicker on this past fall’s football team, closed the game by allowing one run in the final two innings. It was his first save.

Dragon baseball drops two

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – Tiffin University’s baseball team lost a pair of tight games Saturday, falling at Saginaw Valley State 5-3 and 2-0.

The Dragons took a 2-0 lead in game one when Garrett Vernau and Nick Hueneburg had RBI hits, but the Cardinals rallied off Dragons’ starter Joe Perretta, who gave up five runs, four earned in four innings. He walked two and struck out one.

In the second game, the Cardinals scored twice in the third off Tiffin Starter Eric Klepper for the game’s only runs.

Klepper allowed just three hits.

Roger Christensen had two hits for Tiffin.

The Dragons fell to 19-29, 13-19 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Dragons play Saginaw Valley State today in the regular season finale.