Dragons split with Ashland

Garrett Vernau belted three hits Wednesday to help Tiffin University earn a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference split with Ashland.

The Dragons doubled up the Eagles 8-4 in the opener before falling 10-5 in the nightcap.

Vernau singled and later scored in the first inning of the first game, then singled in Cody Spires in the second for a 2-0 lead.

Ashland cut the gap to 2-1 in the third, but TU struck back in the fourth when Isaac Perry singled and scored on Nick Calandra’s single and Alex Hartley singled in Vernau, who walked.

The Eagles countered with a run in the sixth, but Tiffin combined two hits, an error, a walk and a hit batsmen to plate four.

Hartley ended with two hits and three RBIs in the opener for TU and Vernau singled twice and scored three times to help Dan Sexton (2-2) get the win.

In the second game, Ashland (16-12, 6-7 GLIAC) built a 5-1 lead over the first 2 1/2 innings.

Tiffin bounced back in the bottom of the third.

Hartley reached on an error, Kirk Olesick singled, and a fielder’s choice put Hartley at third and Jordan Widman at first. Spires singled in Hartley and moved Widman to third.

Kyle Lento singled in Widman, and Spires later scored on a groundout to cut the deficit to 5-4, but Ashland pulled away with four runs in the fifth.

Patrick Bellinger (0-3) suffered the loss.

Spires scored twice for TU (9-22, 8-6).

Fluharty, Manner fire complete games in sweep

COLUMBUS – Kyle Fluharty and Adam Manner both went the distance Wednesday as No. 12 Heidelberg beat Capital University 6-1, 14-5 in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader.

Fluharty moved to 4-0 in the opener, fanning a career-high nine.

Manner improved to 4-2 in the nightcap, scattering five runs and 10 hits. He was helped out by four double plays.

“Our starting pitching today was outstanding,” Heidelberg coach Matt Palm said. “To get two complete games in a day is never expected. Both guys pitched extremely well.”

The Student Princes (22-4, 7-1 OAC) started quickly in the first game with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first.

Arneal Squibb reached on an error and scored on Steven Morse’s triple. Morse scored when Derek Hug reached on a throwing error.

The Crusaders scored their lone run in the bottom of the inning, but Heidelberg answered with a run in the second and three more in the sixth.

Alex Grove added a double for Heidelberg in the first game.

In the second game, Heidelberg scored once in the top of the second for a 1-1 tie before plating seven over the next two innings for an 8-1 advantage.

The Student Princes banged out 19 hits in the second game.

Hug, Grove and Eric Monroe each doubled.

‘Berg sweeps CU

Lisa Simmons went a combined 5 for 9 and Heidelberg never trailed Wednesday in an Ohio Athletic Conference sweep of Capital.

The Student Princes erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning of the opener on the way to a 5-2 victory, and snapped a 2-all tie in the nightcap with a run in the third before adding two more in the fifth en route to a 5-3 win.

Simmons went 3 for 4 with an RBI in the first game, Mickaela Mitsch added a 3-for-3 game with two RBIs and a double.

Kyleah Berry and Taylor Hicks both doubled and singled to help Paige Atterholt (8-3) get the win.

Simons doubled, singled and scored in the second game.

Kayla Zachrich chased in three runs and singled, Marissa Smego had two RBIs and three singles and Mitsch doubled.

Erin Chapman (7-6) got the win for the Student Princes (15-9, 4-6 OAC).

‘Berg blanked in men’s tennis

COLUMBUS – Capital blanked Heidelberg 9-0 Wednesday in Ohio Athletic Conference tennis.

The day’s closest match occurred at No. 1 singles.

Capital’s Luke Buchanan took the first set 6-3, but Heidelberg’s Zach Schwenning rebounded with a 6-2 victory in second set.

Buchanan took the tiebreaking set 10-8.

Heidelberg (6-6, 1-3 OAC) lost four of the other singles matches in two sets, with the other loss coming on retirement.

The Crusaders took the three doubles matches 8-3, 8-4, 8-2.

Robinson’s blasts lets TU split

COLUMBUS – Kristin Robinson blasted a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the fifth and Tiffin stifled a rally in the seventh to claim a 4-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader to earn a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference split with Ohio Dominican.

Ohio Dominican took the opener 9-1 before suffering its first GLIAC loss of the year.

Tiffin (16-11, 5-5 GLIAC) scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth in the second game for a 3-2 lead, but the Panthers (15-21, 9-1) knotted the game in the top of the fifth.

Ohio Dominican got a running in scoring position in the seventh, but TU’s Jena King threw her out at third after a single to center for the second out. A fielder’s choice then ended the game.

Taylor Spang singled twice, Kelsey Yaratch added a double and RBI and winning pitcher Madison Yanek singled in two runs.

Spang took the loss in the first game.

Robinson singled twice and Yaratch had a double, single and RBI.