Cardinals slip past Tiffin University baseball in Toledo

TOLEDO Sophomore Logan Sendelbach allowed just four hits, but the Tiffin University baseball team lost 1-0 to Saginaw Valley State Saturday night at Mercy Field.

Sendelbach, a Hopewell-Loudon graduate, was perfect through four innings. In the fifth, Saginaw Valley State walked and then broke up the no-hitter. The Cardinals (4-9, 1-2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) scored the game’s only run in the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, freshman Kyle Durham nailed a double down the right field line for the Dragons (3-17, 2-1). Freshman Isaac Perry singled but Durham was thrown out at home to end the inning.

In the seventh inning, with two outs, freshman Kyle Lento tripled and Durham was hit by a pitch, however Saginaw Valley narrowly escaped the inning with a strikeout.

In the ninth, junior Cody Spires singled but Saginaw Valley got the next two batters out to squeeze out the win.

Tiffin’s Durham led the offense with two hits. Sendelbach (0-5) gave up four hits, a run and a walk, and struck out seven in seven innings. Dan Sexton finished out the game.

Saginaw Valley’s Pete Baumgartner (2-0) gave up five hits, walked three and struck out four in eight innings. David Freed gave up one hit in the ninth for his first save of the season.

Dragons burn Lake Superior

Tiffin University started off Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball play the right way, sweeping Lake Superior State 11-1 in six innings and 8-5 in the afternoon game.

The Dragons (12-5, 2-0 GLIAC) started off with a solid showing from Madison Yanek, who pitched six innings while allowing just one earned run on six hits. Yanek did her part offensively, leading the team with three hits and an RBI. The Lakers found their lone run in the third inning, but the Dragons pulled away in the game’s final innings.

Tiffin had no problems on offense, totaling 12 hits in each game. Jena King had two hits with a double and RBI in the opener, while Tamara Link had two hits with a double for two RBIs. Taylor Spang had two hits with an RBI, and Cassandra Brown had a double for two RBIs.

In game two, Kelsey Yaratch picked up the victory with a complete-game effort while allowing just two earned runs. The Lakers rallied late for four runs in the game’s final inning, but it was too little too late as the Dragons had already built an 8-1 lead entering the seventh inning.

King had two more hits for three RBIs while Link also had two hits for two RBIs. Kaitlin Gruenewald added two hits while Payton Denman had two hits and an RBI.

Tiffin scoops up first win

A strong second half propelled the to its first win of the season as the Dragons 13-8 Saturday at Cebe Ross Field.

The Dragons started the game off hot on a 3-0 run before Wesleyan answered back with four straight goals of its own. Tiffin jumped back ahead taking a 5-4 lead before the teams traded goals and went in to intermission 6-5 in the Dragons favor.

The second half was dominated by the Dragons with bursting attacks and swift ball control as they outscored the Bobcats 7-3 to claim the victory. Dragons Tori Nelson, Emily Roussel and Morgan Sherly led the team with three goals each. Emily Noel led Wesleyan with four goals.

Tiffin goalkeeper Jessica Bombard made seven saves against the Bobcats.

HU splits conference opener

OBERLIN The Heidelberg University baseball team started its Ohio Athletic Conference play with a split against Baldwin Wallace University, winning the first game 10-8 before losing the second 7-5. Originally scheduled to be played in Berea, unplayable conditions at Baldwin Wallace’s Heritage Field forced the games to move to Oberlin College’s Dill Field.

In game one, Heidelberg (14-3, 1-1 OAC) used a seven-run sixth inning to steal the lead from the Yellow Jackets. Trailing 7-2, Trevor Oldham, Alex Grove and Adam Hershberger each singled to load the bases. After a pitching change, Derek Hendrixson singled home Oldham.

The next batter, Joe Staab, hit into a potential double play, but after forcing Hendrixson out at second, the throw to first was wild, allowing two runs to score and moving Staab to second.

Following an Arneal Squibb walk, Derek Hug rocketed a double to left center to plate Squibb and Eric Monroe. On the throw home trying to tag Squibb, Hug moved to third. He eventually scored on a passed ball, giving Heidelberg a 9-7 lead.

Baldwin Wallace (10-6, 1-1) found a run in the eighth inning, but Heidelberg added a run in the top of the ninth, to shut the door. Eric Murphy led the Yellow Jackets with three hits, two runs and two RBIs.

Hendrixson pitched two scoreless innings for the Student Princes, picking up his second save of the season. Starter Chris Thomas picked up the win and improved to 4-0. The senior allowed three earned runs in five innings of work. Reliever Ben Sniezek contributed a strong two innings, allowing one run on one hit.

In game two the Student Princes took an early 4-1 lead with three runs in the third inning.

Staab moved to second when Squibb was hit by a pitch. Monroe singled and moved to second as Staab scored. Hug followed with an RBI.

Monroe crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Oldham, and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Grove pushed the Heidelberg lead to 5-1 in the top of the fifth.

Baldwin Wallace began to fight back in the bottom of the inning, plating a pair of runs off Heidelberg starter Steve Huber.

Baldwin Wallace scored twice in the seventh to tie the game at 5, then plated a pair in the bottom of the eighth for a 7-5 lead. Mark Zimmerman led the Yellow Jackets with two hits, two runs, a double and a RBI.

Huber allowed one earned run in five innings of work for Heidelberg. Adam Manner (2-2) allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings, while Travis Gray worked the final 2/3 of an inning.

Heidelberg came up empty in the ninth, snapping a 14-game win streak. The Student Princes were held to a season-low five hits in the loss.

‘Berg bounces back

Heidelberg fell 5-1 to Ohio Northern in Game 1 of Saturday’s softball doubleheader 5-1, but came back in dominating fashion with an 18-6 victory in five innings in Game 2.

Adriana Sikora led the Polar Bears to victory in the opener with two runs, a double, two RBIs and a home run. Kelly Sheridan had one run, two RBIs and a home run while Anne Dreher hit a solo homer. Carly McKenzie added one run and a double. Paige Ordean (8-3) threw the complete game, allowing just one earned run.

Heidelberg’s single run was scored by New Riegel graduate Jami Wagner. Lisa Simmons had a double and Kyleah Brey had an RBI. Erin Chapman (5-2) gave up five earned runs and after two innings was relieved by Paige Atterholt, who allowed no runs and collected three strikeouts.

Heidelberg jumped out 7-0 in the first inning of the second game.

Caiti Overholt had three hits, one run, a double, a triple, and eight RBIs. Marissa Smego had two hits, three runs and four RBIs, Brey had two hits, four runs and three RBIs, Kayla Zachrich had three hits, four runs and two RBIs and Taylor Hicks added three hits and three runs.

Atterholt (4-1) and Chapman shared pitching duties. Atterholt allowed five earned runs, while Chapman allowed only one.

Ohio Northern was led by Amanda Lahti’s two runs, double and two RBIs. Taylor Manahan had a run, double and RBI, while Bree Hiteshew had two hits and three RBIs. Ordean shared the mound with Kirsten Burden. Ordean allowed five earned runs and was relieved by Burden after three innings. Burden (0-3) allowed seven earned runs.

Ohio Northern serves ‘Berg

ADA – Heidelberg men’s tennis team couldn’t find its rhythm in a 9-0 loss to Ohio Northern in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for both.

The Student Princess fell to 5-4 while the Polar Bear improved to 5-2.

In singles competition Ohio Northern ran the table as Do Thai downed Zach Schwenning 6-2, 6-1, Josh Saunders defeated Dorian Kempf 6-0, 6-2, John Mostowy beat Benjamin Moore 6-1, 6-0, Blake Troller dominated Tyler Flickinger 6-0, 6-1, Sam Prewitt defeated Matt McDivitt 7-6 (7-2), 6-0, and Alex Starr was victorious over Dan Driscoll 6-0, 6-1.

The Polar Bears continued their dominance in doubles competition with wins. Josh Saunders and John Mostowy beat Zach Schwenning and Dorian Kempf 8-3, Blake Troller and Do Thai took down Tyler Flickinger and Matt McDivitt 8-3, and Sam Prewitt and Alex Starr defeated Benjamin Moore and Dan Driscoll 8-0.