Heidelberg softball bounces back, gains split

CLERMONT, Fla. – Heidelberg’s softball team battled in two games Thursday, losing a close one to Lakeland 9-8, and dominating Worcester Polytechnic 13-0 in the second.

In the morning contest, Heidelberg (8-2) struck in the top of the first inning when Mikaela Mitsch singled to right field to score New Riegel graduate Jami Wagner. Lakeland quickly tied it up with a run in the bottom of frame when Molly Talaska doubled to left center to bring in Ashley Hough.

Lakeland added six runs in the third to go up 7-1.

The Student Princes rallied in the fifth for four runs. Rachel Garris scored on Mitsch’s single and Wagner came in on Kyleah Brey’s sac fly. Kaela Bryant later doubled in Kendra Pratt and Taylor Hicks.

However, Allison Bauer countered with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to keep the Muskies up 8-5.

Heidelberg tacked on two more runs in the sixth, with Caiti Overholt scoring on a passed ball and Wagner coming home on Brey’s double to right-center.

The Student Princes then tied the game at 8 in the seventh when Garris singled in Jordan Hux, but the Muskies got the game-winner in the bottom of the inning when Williams singled in Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Paige Atterholt (3-1) pitched four innings for the Student Princes. She gave up six hits and two runs while throwing two strikeouts. Jasmine Suarez got the win in a complete-game effort, giving up 10 hits and eight runs while fanning four.

After a tough morning loss, the Student Princes looked unstoppable in the afternoon contest as they run-ruled Worcester Polytechnic.

Wasting little time Heidelberg lit up the scoreboard in the second inning with four runs.

Brey scored when Kayla Zachrich hit into a fielder’s choice. Lisa Simmons later tripled in Randi Kesley and Zachrich, and Wagner singled in Simmons.

Mitsch, Zachrich and Marissa Smego each scored in the third, and Heidelberg added six more runs in the fourth. Kelsey scored on Brey’s single, Garris singled in Smego, and Wagner doubled in Garris, Kelsey and Zachrich.

Erin Chapman (5-1) fired a one-hitter to earn the win. She struck out four.

Worcester Polytechnic’s Caroline Medino gave up 14 hits and 13 runs.

Warriors slide by Tiffin

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Tiffin University came up short in a 4-2 loss to Winona State University. Winona State started with a run in the bottom of the second inning when Joseph Kubera’s fielder’s choice knocked in Jordan Plaman, but the Dragons (1-13) answered in the top of the third when Jordan Widman’s singled plated Kyle Lento.

The Warriors came back with two runs in the sixth. Plamann scored on an error, and Michael Hommes singled in Jesus Cazares.

Tiffin countered in the seventh when Lento singled in Nick Calandra, but Winona State matched that in the bottom of the frame when Travis Evanson came on a wild pitch.

The Dragons had two on with two outs in both the eighth and ninth innings, but couldn’t score.

Kyle Montell pitched five innings for the Dragons, giving up eight hits and a run. Kyle Pluta gave up a hit and a run, while Garrett Scott took the loss after giving up two hits and two runs.

Hayden Krimmer pitched six innings to get the win for the Warriors.

Dragons blanked by Warriors

CLERMONT, Fla. – Tiffin University’s (9-4) softball team was blanked 6-0 by a one-loss Winona State team.

Winona State got started right away with two runs in the first inning. Ashley Walker singled in Brooke Piotrowski, and Morgan Lintz tripled in Jenny Nelson.

The Warriors added three more runs in the third inning, keyed by Jenny Nelson’s two-run homer.

Shannon Nelson also scored on a passed ball in the fourth for the Warriors.

Kelsey Yaratch pitched three innings for the Dragons. She gave up five hits and two runs while Taylor Spang gave up six hits and four runs in two innings of work. Hanna Lythberg went the distance for the Warriors, allowing five hits.

TU women assume much in victory

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Tiffin University’s women’s tennis team took care of business Thursday against Assumption College, winning 7-2.

The Dragons (19-5) swept all the singles matches with Caroline Nelhage (6-0, 6-2), Malaika Messi (6-1, 6-1), Valentina Mazzola (6-1, 6-1), Chelsea Beck (7-5, 6-1), Rachelmary Brozovich (6-1, 6-0) and Abigail Schuster (6-0, 6-0) all winning.

Student Princes blank Titans

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Heidelberg’s men’s tennis team blanked Westminster College, 9-0, Thursday.

Zach Schwenning and Dorian Kempf (8-2) and Tyler Flickinger and Matt McDivitt (8-4) won at first doubles and second doubles respectively. Benjamin Moore and Dan Driscoll painted an 8-0 victory at third doubles.

Schwenning and Kempf all won their singles matches.

Dragons fall to Eagles

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Tiffin University’s men’s tennis team got to play by Division I rules on Thursday.

The result was not ideal as the North Carolina Central University beat the Dragons, 5-2.

Agustin Magone and Jordon Simon-Chopard each won their singles matches by a 6-1, 6-2 count.

‘Berg women pounded by Westminster

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Sara Potts was the lone bright spot for Heidelberg as the women’s tennis team fell to Westminster College, 8-1.

She picked up the lone point of the day for the Student Princes with a 6-3, 6-2 victory against Lauren Fling in No. 5 singles.