TU baseball clinches conference tourney bid

Nick Calandra lined six hits Saturday as Tiffin University split a doubleheader with Ohio Dominican to clinch a spot in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

Ohio Dominican took the opener 8-2, but the Dragons(17-30, 16-14 GLIAC) won 7-2 in the second game.

Calandra belted four of his hits in the second game and scored twice to help Hopewell-Loudon graduate Logan Sendelbach (3-8) earn the win. Sendelbach fanned eight and allowed four hits, one earned run, one unearned run and a walk in seven innings.

Cody Spires added a two-run homer, a single and another RBI for TU.

Tyler Nichols (3-2) suffered the loss in Game 1, allowing seven hits and five runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Calandra doubled and singled for Tiffin.

‘Berg falls twice, but still seeded second in OAC?tourney

ADA – If it had to lose any time soon, Saturday was the time to do it for Heidelberg.

Ohio Northern University swept its Ohio Athletic Conference rival 4-3 in 11 innings and 7-3 Saturday, but Heidelberg still enters Thursday’s conference tournament as the No. 2 seed at top-seeded Marietta.

The Polar Bears may also show up there if Muskingum beats John Carroll at least once in today’s doubleheader. Baldwin Wallace has also earned a berth in the four-team field, but who Heidelberg (31-9, 13-5 OAC) plays in the tournament will depend upon the aforementioned doubleheader.

Saturday, Ohio Northern made sure it would have that chance.

Reed Allen ripped a double just beyond the reach of a diving Arneal Squibb in right center to drive in Daniel Rodriguez for the game-winning run.

Eighth-ranked Heidelberg had a chance to close out the game in the late innings, getting a runner in scoring position in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings, but couldn’t get a run.

The Student Princes loaded the bases in the 11th with no outs. Trevor Oldham lifted a fly down the right field line that Dan Belliveau caught and Belliveau then fired a strike home to nail T.J. Harkness trying to score.

Heidelberg got all of its runs in the fifth inning, with some strange help.

Adam Hershberger hit a one-out single, move to second on Oldham’s walk and advanced to third when Andrew Zenczak reached on an errors.

Joe Staab then stepped to the plate. He asked for time just before ONU pitcher Nick Eltzroth started his windup and began to step out of the batter’s box, but the umpire did not grant time. In the confusion, Eltzroth halted his delivery and was called for a balk, moving the runners up 90 feet.

Staab later reached by being hit with a pitch, Oldham scored on Squibb’s sac fly, and then Staab and Zenczak pulled off double steal for a 3-1 lead.

Rodriguez tied the game for the Polar Bears in the sixth with a two-run double.

Reliever Derek Hendrixson took the loss in relief, throwing 5 1/3 innings.

In the nightcap, Heidelberg scored all three of its runs in the second inning.

Austin Fleming walked and Derek Hug had an infield hit. Eric Monroe then reached when he lined a hit off the back of ONU starter Zach Maier.

Fleming scored on a wild pitch and Adam Herschberger and Oldham followed with RBI groundouts.

Ohio Northern countered with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before plating four in the seventh. The Polar Bears were aided by two errors.

Reliever Kyle Fluharty suffered the loss, with just one of the five runs he allowed in 1 2/3 innings being earned.

Dragons reach GLIAC title game

ALLENDALE, Mich. – Tiffin University never trailed Friday in a 16-11 semifinal upset victory against Lake Erie College in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Dragons (9-10, 5-3 GLIAC) move on to face Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. today in the title game.

Grand Valley State beat TU in the regular season, 15-9.

But then again, Lake Erie College beat Tiffin in the regular season too, 16-15.

But Friday was all Dragons as TU had a 5-1 lead midway through the first half and lead 9-5 at halftime.

After Lake Erie (10-8, 7-1) scored to open the second half, TU ripped off six straight goals to take a commanding 15-6 lead with seven minutes to go in the game.

Tori Nelson had four goals for the Dragons and Gina Abulone had five assists and a hat trick. Emily Roussel also had three goals and a pair of assists. Alexis MacMillan and Morgan Sherley both had hat tricks.

Jessica Bombard had 17 saves in net for the Dragons.

TU third twice at GLIAC Championships

GENEVA- Omar Lane won two events as the Tiffin University men’s and women’s track and field team closed out the final day of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Friday at the Spires Institute.

For the men, Grand Valley State won with 185 1/2 while TU scored 90 points for third.

Lane grabbed first place in the 100 and 200 (10.78, 21.7). Antonio Combs won the triple jump with an NCAA Provisional jump of 50-0 1/2.

Seconds came from Wilner Marcelin in the 110 hurdles and the 4×100 relay team of Stephon Goodwin, Dom Colvin, Lane and Tony Marshall (41.34).

For the women, The Dragons finished third with 100 points.

Chyna Davis led the Dragons with a second in the triple jump with a provisional leap of 39-11 1/2.

The 4×100 relay team of Jasmine Kelley, Theresa Scott, Taylor Deskins and Brittany Darby took second with a NCAA Provisional time of 46.67 seconds.