Local College Roundup

Dragons rally past GVSU

Down to its final out and with the bases empty, Tiffin University’s baseball team was able to execute a last-ditch rally against Grand Valley State.

The Lakers lack of execution helped, too.

Tailing 7-6 in the ninth inning, the Dragons’ Kyle Lento was hit by a pitch by Chris Ripple.

Connor Wendt pinch ran for Lento, and moved to second when Cody Spires singled to left. That brought up Kyle Durham, who proceeded to reach on an error by GVSU second baseman Kevin Zak. Wendt scored to tie the game at seven.

Next up was Isaac Perry, who promptly ended things with an RBI single to left.

Justin Bailey picked up the win in relief for the Dragons with a scoreless inning of work.

The Dragons took two of three from the Lakers, and moved to 6-20, 5-4.

The Lakers, who came into the series ranked No 18 in Division II, stand at 16-7, 7-2.

Redhawks down

PITTSBURGH, Pa – Heidelberg University’s baseball team continued its winning ways as it took down La Roche College, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon.

Heidelberg’s Joe Staab drew a bases loaded walk in the second plating Steven Morse for a 1-0 lead. The Student Princes (18-4) extended that lead to four with three runs in the sixth inning on a RBI double from Alex Grove. Trevor Oldham and Morse then took home on an error that would have ended the inning.

The Redhawks struck back in the top of the seventh inning when Brian Tougher hit a leadoff double to the right field wall, and was eventually plated by a Colin Fiekles ground out.

Heidelberg’s Adam Manner handled pitching duties for seven innings, allowing one run while striking out three. Kyle Fluharty finished the game’s final two innings, allowing no runs while picking up one strikeout.

‘Berg feels the sting

Heidelberg University’s softball team surrendered their fourth and fifth Ohio Athletic Conference losses as it was swept by Baldwin Wallace, 5-1 and 7-2.

Erin Chapman had a long day throwing a combined 11 innings in the doubleheader. Chapman went to work in the first contest replacing Paige Atterholt who five runs on five hits in three innings.

Chapman threw four scoreless innings in the first game, giving up only two hits and a walk. In game two, she collected her sixth complete game of the season. She struck out seven, one short of a career high.

In the first game, Baldwin Wallace’s Tabitha Murray held the Student Princes to just two hits. Kayla Zachrich knocked single to right field and advanced to third as the Baldwin Wallace right fielder could not come up with the ball.

On the ensuing at bat, Rachel Garris knocked a sacrifice fly to left plating Zachrich.

In the later contest, it was Mikeala Mitsch that picked up Heidelberg’s two runs. Mitsch slammed a two-run homer to left center, sending Lisa Simmons home for the other run.

Collectively, the Student Princes earned eight hits off of Baldwin Wallace’s Erica Morgan in the second game. Morgan helped her own cause, blasting a home run in the fourth.

With the pair of losses, Heidelberg softball moves to 10-8 overall and 1-5 in the OAC.