Heidelberg softball posts a pair of shutouts, improves to 5-1

CLERMONT, Fla – Heidelberg’s softball team continued its winning ways after taking down Penn St.-Behrend 8-0 Monday morning and picking up a 5-0 victory over Juniata Monday afternoon.

The morning’s contest against Penn St.-Behrend saw Heidelberg strike in the second inning when Randi Kelsey doubled sending in Kayla Zachrich in for the run. Heidelberg found home plate twice in the third when Kaela Bryant doubled Kyleah Brey and Zachrich in.

Penn St.-Behrend managed to hold the Student Princes at bay for the next two innings, but Heidelberg erupted in the sixth inning, crossing home four times. The first score came when Kelsey doubled to left field sending Bryant home. Rachel Garris and Kelsey scored the inning’s next runs as they were sent home off of a Jami Wagner single.

An error eventually sent in Wagner in for the inning’s final run.

The game’s final inning only saw one tally, again by Heidelberg as a Garris triple to left field sent Kelsey in for the eighth and final run.

Erin Chapman (2-1) went the distance giving up seven hits and striking out six. Penn St.-Behrend’s Gracie Wiles pitched throughout most of the game giving up nine hits, six runs and striking out three. Kelsey Fuller came in to relieve Wiles, giving up three hits and two runs.

In the afternoon contest Heidelberg, led by Paige Atterholt’s no hitter was dominant again claiming a 5-0 victory over Juniata.

Action started out right away as Heidelberg scored early. Wagner picked up the first off of an error and then Kayla Zachrich nailed a triple to send Mikaela Mitcsch in to score.

After a scoreless second inning from both teams, Heidelberg started its three-inning scoring run as Kyleah Brey hit a triple sending Zachrich in for the third’s only run. Heidelberg also owned the fourth inning’s lone score when Taylor Hicks singled to left field sending Wagner across home plate. The game’s final score came when Heidelberg’s Zachrich nailed a triple to start the fifth scored off a passed ball.

Paige Atterholt (3-0) single handedly was responsible for pitching duties, giving up no hits and no runs while striking out one. Juniata’s Aly Smith gave up eight hits and five runs while striking out three. Lydia Gorba relieved Smith giving up four hits, no runs and striking out two.

‘Berg dominates Wooster

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla – Heidelberg’s baseball team improved to 8-2 after dominating Wooster 14-1 Monday.

Heidelberg struck early in the second inning when Eric Monroe scored off of a sacrifice fly from Adam Hershberger.

With a 1-0 lead heading into the fourth inning, Heidelberg busted things open with an impressive six runs. Scoring started when Derek Hug singled to first base driving home Steven Morse. The second came when Alex Grove scored off a fielding error. Shortly after Hersberger doubled to left center driving in Trevor Oldham, Hug and Monroe. The inning’s final score came when Hersberger was plated off a sacrifice fly from Joe Stabb.

Wooster’s lone run came in the fifth inning when Cal Thomay crossed home plate.

In the sixth inning Heidelberg poured on the runs once again. The first of three run came when Derek Hendrixson crossed home after a fielding error. Grove grounded into a double play which scored Stabb. The last score of the inning came as Arneal Squibb came home on a passed ball.

After a scoreless seventh inning, Heidelberg lit things up again in the eighth, putting up four more runs. Grove singled sending in Squibb, Hug tripled sending in Austin Flemming and Grove and finally Hug crossed home as Oldham was thrown out at first.

Steve Huber (1-0) pitched eight innings Heidelberg. Huber gave up four hits, one run and struck out four. Huber was relieved by Jordan Watson, who threw a scoreless, hitless ninth. Wooster had five pitchers take the mound. Matt Felvey and Hank Schlueter threw for a combined six innings. Felvey pitched four innings and gave up four hits, seven runs, committed five errors and struck out two. Schlueter pitched two innings, giving up one hit and three runs.

Seton Hill doubles down on Tiffin

AUBRUNDALE, Fla – Tiffin University faced off against Seton Hill College in a doubleheader Monday. Unfortunately for the Dragons, they couldn’t find a win in either game falling 3-1 and 5-1.

In the morning game Tiffin struck first in the top of the fourth inning when Kirk Olesick plated Garrett Vernau with sacrifice fly. The Dragon’s lead didn’t last long, as Seton Hill scored three times the very next inning.

Taylor Schmidt doubled for the Griffins, sending Jesse Cooper and Brandon Jossesy in. Shortly after Josh Forbes singled in Schmidt.

Joe Perretta started for the Dragons. He gave up six hits and three runs over five innings. Perretta was relieved by Tyler Nichols, who threw a scoreless frame. Seton Hill was led on the mound by Brett Sullivan. who gave up two hits and one run over a complete seven innings.

The evening’s contest saw a familiar ending for Tiffin as Seton Hill took Game 2. Once again Tiffin started off the scoring in the fourth inning as Kyle Durham singled sending Cody Spires in for the team’s only run.

Familiarity struck again as the Griffins answered right back in the following inning tallying up four scores.

Seton Hill’s Garrett Vrbanic flied out to right field allowing Zac Heide to pick up the innings first score. Shortly after Brendan Constantino hammered a three-run homer.

Seton Hill added a run in the seventh as Schmidt hit a sac fly.

Patrick Bellinger pitched the majority of the game for the Dragons. He gave up three hits and three runs. Bellinger was relieved by Nate Brunty and Kyle Pluta. Brunty gave up three hits and one run while Pluta gave up two hits and one run. Jordan Fuller threw a complete game for Seton Hill. Fuller gave up seven hits and one run.

Dragons turn up the offense

ORLANDO, Fla – Tiffin University softball (6-2) turned up its offense, knocking out 16 hits in a 9-2 win over Thomas Aquinas. Taylor Spang picked up the win, throwing seven innings, giving up six hits and allowing only two earned runs.

But offense was the star of the show.

Seven Dragons had multiple hits in the game, with Kristin Robinson nailing three hits for two RBIs and Cassandra Brown also belting three hits.

Caitlin Houk lined two hits for four RBIs, Payton Denman had two hits with a double for two RBIs, and Tamara Link added two hits with a double. Jenna King and Kaitlyn Gruenewald each snagged two hits.

Tiffin lacrosse comes up short

ORLANDO, Fla – Tiffin University’s lacrosse team (0-3) put up a strong fight against 10th-ranked Florida Southern, but came up short in the second half, falling 12-8.

Tiffin started things off slow, allowing the Moccasins a 5-0 lead by the 17:13 mark. However the Dragons regrouped, putting together their own 5-0 run to tie the game with 4:51 left in the half.

Emily Roussel led the way for the Dragons netting three of the five goals. Florida Southern regained the lead making it 6-5, but Roussel turned on the jets once again and managed to find a score with 47 seconds left to tie the game just before the half.

The Moccasins lived up to their ranking in the second half, out shooting TU 17-4 over the final 30 minutes and committing only nine turnovers while forcing TU into 18. The Moccasins opened up the first 16 minutes of the second half with a 4-0 run that effectively put the game away.

Florida Southern out shot TU 30-14, held a 35-21 edge in ground balls, and forced 35 Dragon turnovers.

Roussel finished with five goals, while Alexis MacMillan grabbed two goals. Katelyn Hill had one goal and one assist while Jessica Bombard recorded 16 saves in goal.