TU baseball survives late-inning sting

Cedarville strikes for five runs in ninth, but Dragons hang on for 9-8 victory

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Tiffin University's Alex McCurry catches the ball and secures an out during the game against Cedarville University in Tiffin Wednesday.

Cedarville struck for five runs in the top of the ninth inning, but Tiffin survived and came out on top in the 9-8 win.

The game saw a combined 10 substitutions and 10 pitching changes between the Dragons and the Yellow Jackets. Both teams also combined for a total of 21 hits.

Hunter Carson got the start on the mound for Tiffin as he tossed two innings allowing one hit. Tiffin got on the board first in the second. With two on and two down, Jack Dennis placed one into the deep left field corner for an RBI double.

Cedarville responded in the next half inning with a home run to tie the game. The Yellow Jackets took the lead in the fourth as Tiffin pitcher Brady Ward walked a batter with the base loaded.

The Dragons took a 3-2 lead with a pair of runs in the fifth, using a hit and a Cedarville error to do so. With runners at the corners, Kurt Barbeau was hung up as he attempted to steal second, allowing Dennis to sprint home. With a wide throw to home, Barbeau moved to third. The next pitch was a wild one allowing Barbeau to cross the plate.

Tiffin plated three more runs in the sixth. Jay Smith was walked and found his way home on an Alec McCurry double. Devon Fisk was walked to put two on and a groundout put the runners in scoring position. Kyle Durham brought the runners home with a base hit for a 6-2 lead.

Isaac Perry gave TU an insurance run on his sacrifice fly in the seventh and a Cedarville solo homer cut the Dragons’ lead to 7-3.

With a comfortable lead, Tiffin needed just three outs to close the game, but the Yellow Jackets stung with five runs for an 8-7 advantage.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Tiffin rallied for the win. John Heckman was walked after the lead off man flied out. He moved to second on a wild pitch followed by a walk issued to Smith and was replaced by Ke’Andre Tidmore. The runners moved up on another wild pitch followed by Ryan Thomas bringing in the tying run with a single. Kyle Lento plated the winning run on a sac fly.

Heidelberg wins

second straight

BEXLEY — After earning its first win Sunday against Marietta at home, the Heidelberg women’s tennis team earned its second win on the road.

With a sweep in singles action and two wins in doubles, the Student Princes beat Capital 8-1 on Wednesday.

Doubles action started with an 8-1 win by the team of Markilynn Hogle and Nikki Millar, while the team of Jillian Goulet and Summer Hunter-Kysor posted the same score.

Hogle and Hunter-Kysor each posted 6-1, 6-0 wins in their singles matches while Alli Gales and Gabi Osterman each won 6-0, 6-1. Millar took a 6-2, 6-1 win while Goulet won 6-3, 6-1.

The lone loss came with the team up of Gales and Osterman in doubles action as they fell 8-5.

Errors prove costly in split

BEXLEY — In Wednesday’s doubleheader, one game was a pitching dual while the other was riddled with errors as Heidelberg split with Capital.

The Princes took the win in Game 1 as it scored a run late in the game to break the tie and earn a 2-1 win. The hosts took Game 2 as Heidelberg committed three errors in the 11-2 five-inning game.

Game 1 was scoreless until the fourth inning when Heidelberg took a 1-0 lead. Erin Chapman and Casey Moore each singled before Bailey Smith came to the plate for the third straight hit, Smith hit a single to plate Abby Barno who came in to pinch run for Chapman.

The sixth started off with a Heidelberg error which put a runner on second. A single moved the Capital runner to third and a bunt tied the game.

With one out and two on due to walks, a wild pitch placed the HU runners in scoring position in the seventh. Renee Lovett slapped a single to the left side for the go-ahead run. Chapman closed out the game as she retired the side.

Capital took advantage of three errors in Game 2 as it scored six runs in the second and added five more in the third.

Lovett put HU on the board in the third with an RBI single, scoring Taylor Hicks. In the fifth, Heidelberg cut the lead to 11-2 as Megan Rutledge found a gap for an RBI double. The Princes were run-ruled as it failed to plate two more runs in the inning.

Bullpen closes the deal

Heidelberg found itself in trouble early as Defiance held a 6-2 advantage going into the third inning, but some help from the bullpen and some run support gave HU the win, 15-7.

Justin Liserio got the start on the mound as he gave up six runs on five hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Conner Pacella closed out the second inning before Alex Simun took the mound in the third. Simun only allowed one hit and had seven strikeouts as he got his second win of the season.

After being down 6-2 in the third inning, The ‘Berg bats exploded for seven runs in the inning. Joey Rydzewski was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to third as Matt Psychas hit a double. Rydzewski scored on an Evan long single as Parker Fronk plated Psychas with a single. A walk loaded the bases before Alex Manner plated two on a base hit. Two more singles added three more runs as Heidelberg took a 9-6 lead.

Simun kept Defiance scoreless through the seventh as his team plated a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh.

The Heidelberg bullpen allowed one more in the eighth before Cory Jacobs closed out the game.

Dudley scores lone goal in loss

BEREA — Dana Dudley added to her goal total with her 15th goal of the season in the 20-1 loss against host Baldwin Wallace.

The Yellow Jackets scored the first 18 goals of the game — 15 of those coming in the first half. Dudley scored the lone Heidelberg goal on a free position shot with about six minutes left in the game. Baldwin Wallace closed out the game with two more goals.

Janessa Scott started in the net for Heidelberg as she finished with 12 saves. Megan Mills was the only other person to have a shot on goal. Mills had three shots on goal, but couldn’t find the back of the net.