Heidelberg dominates Marietta, maintains first place in OAC

Heidelberg sent Marietta home with two losses on Saturday 7-6 and 9-0, giving the Student Princes an 11-game win streak for the first time in program history.

Heidelberg scored five runs in the first inning of the opener to give itself an early lead.

Marissa Smego hit her first double of the game to right and scored Taylor Hicks. She later scored on a Kayla Zachrich single.

A Randi Kelsey double rounded out the scoring that inning, driving in Zachrich and Mikaela Mitsch. Kyleah Brey scored on a throwing error by Marietta’s center fielder.

Heidelberg’s final two runs came in the fifth when Smego doubled to left to score Haylee Patel and was then brought home when Mitsch doubled.

Smego went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Zachrich had two hits for the Student Princes with a double of her own.

Marietta’s Courtney Kenwood went 3 for 3 and drove in two runs. Rachel Montgomery also had two hits and two RBIs.

Heidelberg’s Cori Long (8-1) picked up the win and Marietta’s Alexis O’Hair (2-4) took the loss.

In Game 2, Christine Bowling and Paige Alterholt dominated for Heidelberg.

Bowling went 3 of 3 at the plate, including a double, and tallied five RBIs for the Student Princes.

Alterholt (6-2) was in the circle for Heidelberg. She picked up the win after throwing all five innings and giving up three hits, fanning three and issuing no walks.

Hicks had two hits for Heidelberg (20-4, 9-1 Ohio Athletic Conference) and Brey recorded two RBIs.

Marietta’s (11-15, 4-6) three hits came from Ciarra Bloom, Kenwood and Ariann Barile. Lauren Larrick (3-2) took the loss.

Verde homers, poor start downs ‘Berg

MAREITTA – Fourth-ranked Heidelberg traveled to Marietta where it split in an Ohio Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday, winning 4-2 and losing 13-7.

Down 3-1 in the first game, Heidelberg’s Christian Verde hit a three-run homer to left in the sixth to give the Student Princes the lead. They held on to that lead to win Game 1.

Heidelberg’s Alex Monroe had two hits and Eric Monroe rounded out the team’s four hits.

Adam Manner (4-0) remained undefeated on the mound for The ‘Berg and Derek Hedrixson tallied his seventh save of the season.

Marietta’s Tyler Packanik and Chris Petrucci had each had two hits. Christian Herstine (2-3) took the loss.

In the second game, Marietta jumped in front early with an eight-run first inning.

Heidelberg’s Kyle Fluharty (3-2) struggled, only getting one out before exiting the game. Marietta had seven hits and eight runs in the first inning.

Heidelberg was able to score in later innings, but never came close to Marietta.

Leading Marietta’s offense was Ryan Hanahan who was a home run shy of a cycle with a single, double and triple driving in four runs. Doug Bennett and Christian Demkos each added two RBIs.

Heidelberg’s (19-5, 7-3 OAC) T.J. Harkness and Monroe each had three hits and a RBI. Derek Hug also hit a solo home run in the seventh.

Scott Oberhelman recorded the win for Marietta (13-11, 4-4).

TU pitching stumps Ferris State

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Tiffin’s pitching gave up just three hits in the doubleheader against Ferris State as the Dragons defeated their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe 4-0 and 7-0.

In the first game, a Ferris State single in the sixth destroyed Kimberly Reynolds’ (9-3) no-hitter. Reynolds pitched all seven innings, walking two and fanning nine.

Tiffin only had nine hits, but scored four runs.

Tiffin’s Jena King started the game off for TU with a single up the middle that scored Cassandra Brown. King went 3 for 3 and drove in another runner in the third.

An error by Ferris State’s second baseman in the fifth allowed Tiffin’s Kailee Flowers and Kaitlin Gruenewald to score.

In the second game, Sarah Brown pitched six innings. She faced 19 players, striking out 12.

As a team, Tiffin went 13 of 29 and scored seven against Ferris State (10-28).

Tiffin scored five in the second inning. Tamara Link doubled in Madison Yanek and Delaney Mixer. Cassandra Brown also doubled in two Dragons. Lastly, King singled to left field to score the final run of the inning.

Later in the fourth, Mixer hit a single to right that scored two more runs for TU (19-11, 10-2 GLIAC).

Dragons split with Warriors

DETROIT, Mich. – Tiffin split a doubleheader with its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Wayne State, taking the first game 3-2 before falling 5-4.

In Game 1, with the score tied 2-2 in the seventh, Wayne State’s third baseman had a throwing error that resulted in Hayden Spellbring scoring Tiffin’s winning run.

Tiffin totaled five hits in the game: two from Elijah Sanabria, and one each by Cody Spires, Alex Hartley and Spellbring. Sanabria and Spires also tallied an RBI.

Hopewell-Loudon graduate Logan Sendelbach picked up another win, pitching all seven innings, giving up four hits and striking out nine.

Tiffin allowed Wayne State to get ahead early in the second game. While the Dragons tried to catch up, they could only pull within one.

Tiffin shortened the Warriors lead to 3-2 when Nick Calandra and Harley hit back-to-back singles to right.

However, the comeback did not last long as Wayne State (14-15) scored two runs of its own its half of the inning to pull away 5-2.

Tiffin’s Sanabria’s singled in the fifth to score Isaac Perry and Spellbring’s single in the eighth brought the Dragons to within one, but the game never got closer than that.

Calandra and Hartley each had two hits for the Dragons (12-19, 6-8 GLIAC). Kyle Montell got the loss.

TU roster beats ODU

Tiffin outlasted seventh-ranked Ohio Dominican for a back-and-forth 5-4 men’s tennis victory, with the win coming down to a doubles forfeit.

The Panthers took the first two singles match-ups. Tiffin’s Luis Ludena lost to Gabor Csonka 6-3, 7-5 and TU’s Pierre Frery fell 6-2, 6-1 to Justin Tjon.

Elio Lezama Perez gave TU a point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over ODU’s Stijn Van der Zee. However, Ohio Dominican’s Patrick Ohanian regained the momentum with a tiebreaker win over Nicholas Almeida.

The Dragons evened the score to 3-3 after Agustin Mangone defeated Panthers Gerardo Perez 6-1, 6-0 and Victor Fernandes won by default.

Tiffin’s Ludena and Mangone lost the first doubles match to Panthers Tjon and Perez 8-3.

Lezama Perez and Frery tied the score with a Tiffin win over Csonka and Ohanian 8-4.

The match-up came down to a lack of players on Ohio Dominican’s part as it did not have a third doubles team. The forfeit gave the final point of the match to TU.

Tiffin improved to 7-15, 3-4 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Ohio Dominican fell to 9-5, 4-2.