Heidelberg sweeps JCU to take control of OAC
When the day started, Heidelberg and John Carroll were knotted atop the Ohio Athletic Conference.
When the day ended, the Student Princes found themselves in the driver’s seat with a two-game lead in the league with six league games to go.
The ‘Berg won the opener 10-7 and came from down 2-0 in the seventh to win the nightcap, 6-2, at Peaceful Valley.
Adam Hershberger and Eric Monroe each drove in two runs with two hits, with the former doubling and the latter homering in the opener. Arneal Squibb went 3 for 4 and drove in one and Alex Grove collected a pair of hits and an RBI.
Kyle Fluharty (5-0) went five innings, yielding six runs on eight hits and striking out four to remain perfect on the year. Derek Hendrixson struck out five in relief to pick up the save.
Mark Materise (3-2) took the loss for JCU (16-10, 8-4 OAC). Jimmy Spagna and Tyler Gentile both homered and Mark Huddle doubled and tripled in the opener for the Blue Streaks.
Heidelberg (25-5, 10-2) rallied with the four runs in the bottom of the seventh to erase a 2-0 deficit. It added two more in the eighth to help overcome four errors in the game.
T.J. Harkness and Trevor Oldham each doubled in the victory. Staab drove in two with his two hits and walked twice as well. Hershberger also had two hits in the win.
Adam Manner (5-2) picked up the victory on the hill, striking out five and scattering four hits over seven innings. Hendrixson saved his sixth game of the season with three strikeouts and a walk over two innings.
Andrew Doring (1-1) took the loss for JCU.
Spagna had two doubles and David Crowley had one as well for the Blue Streaks.
TU wins marathon game
It was like a game from childhood where the boys played baseball until dark.
Well, at least it may have seemed that way as Tiffin University and Northwood took nearly four hours to play its game Thursday at Heminger Field.
The end result, though, was a 16-8 victory for the Dragons as they improved to 10-26 overall and 9-10 in the GLIAC.
Northwood fell to 12-20, 4-14.
Northwood led 3-0 and later 5-3 in the fourth before the Dragons started plating runs like they were going out of style. Tiffin scored two in the fifth, four in the sixth, one in the seventh and erupted for six more in the eighth inning.
Nick Calandra led at the plate for Tiffin, going 3 for 6 with a double and driving in five. Cody Spires had a double among his three hits, plating three in the process. Cole McCurry had a similar day with two singles and a double, driving in one. Issac Perry had a single and a double, driving in two and Devon Fisk doubled.
Patrick Bellinger (1-3) picked up the victory and Garrett Scott had the save.
Student Princes best Blue Streaks
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS – Heidelberg scored early but not often Thursday.
But early was all it needed as the softball team swept the doubleheader from John Carroll University, 4-2 and 3-2.
Heidelberg scored one in the first and three in the fourth in the opener to take a 4-0 lead. JCU answered with two in the bottom of the fourth but didn’t score again the rest of the way.
Lisa Simmons and Caiti Overholt both had a single and a double, driving in one. New Riegel graduate Jami Wagner and Marissa Smego had the other RBIs for Heidelberg (18-10) in the opener.
Paige Atterholt (9-4) picked up the complete-game victory with three strikeouts and a walk. Neither run allowed was earned.
Morgan Robinson had a double and Rachel Byrnes (12-7) took the loss for JCU.
In the late game, Heidelberg plated all three runs in the second inning and never looked back.
Wagner had a two-run single in the inning and Kayla Zachrich drove in the other, part of a three-hit day, including a double.
Erin Chapman (9-6) had the win in the circle, striking out four over seven innings.
Gina Tosti (1-4) took the loss for JCU (14-14).
Dragons beat in OT by Storm
A furious comeback by Tiffin’s lacrosse team Thursday was all for naught as Lake Erie scored the lone goal in the two overtime periods to win, 16-15.
The Storm’s Mallory Quiggle, off a Hana Abu-Kwiek pass, netted a goal at the 1:33 mark of the third period but the Dragons had no more bullets left in the revolver.
Those were used in the second period when the Dragons mounted an impressive comeback in the final five minutes. Down 15-11 with five minutes to go, Tiffin found twine four times to tie it and force the extra periods.
Gina Abulone got it started with the final of her six goals on the day at the 4:56 mark. She then assisted Alexis Macmillan on a goal 53 seconds later.
Emily Roussel saved the best for last. She scored unassisted with 1:06 to go in regulation to make it 15-14. Then with four seconds left to go, she took a pass from Abulone and scored to force overtime.
Abulone has three assists. Roussel had four goals and an assist. Tori Nelson added a hat trick.
Jessica Bombard tallied 16 saves in goal for Tiffin (5-10, 3-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).
Katie Holden had nine saves in the win for Lake Erie (7-7, 4-1). Ashriel West had eight goals for the Storm and Abu-Kwiek finished with six assists.