Fraley’s gem fuels TU sweep
Luke Fraley twirled a two-hitter in the opener and Tiffin used a five-run inning in the second game Saturday to sweep Saginaw Valley State 3-0 and 8-6 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
Tiffin snapped a scoreless tie in the first game with a run in the third. Kyle Vance led off with a double, went to third on an error and, with one out, scored on Brayden Callihan’s groundout.
The Dragons added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Zach Campbell drew a one-out walk in the fifth, went to second on a groundout and scored one Alec McCurry’s single.
In the sixth, John Heckman fouled out behind home, but Kyle Lento tagged up and went to third, then scored when the throw from the catcher bounced into left field.
Meanwhile, Fraley allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out three in a complete-game effort.
The second game went back and forth.
Saginaw Valley led 4-2 after the first inning and 5-2 after the second before TU erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Tiffin loaded the bases on a single, error, wild pitch and walk. McCurry then singled in a run and Lento’s sac fly brought in another to make it 5-4. Heckman later hit a two-out RBI single to tie the game, and, after a wild pitch, Jack Dennis lined a two-run single for a 7-5 lead.
Each team added a run after that, with Brady Ward (3-0) getting the win for the Dragons (8-9, 2-1 GLIAC). Deylen Miley earned his second save, and Michael Ross also pitched for TU.
Callihan ended with two runs and a single for TU in the second game.
Student Princes jump on miscues
ADA — Heidelberg scored a combined 11 runs off 10 Ohio Northern errors Saturday to earn wins of 8-6 and 10-3 in Ohio Athletic Conference play.
The Student Princes scored five unearned runs in the opener. Four unearned runs in the seventh helped Heidelberg extend its lead to 8-3.
Cameron Deemer (5-0) allowed just one earned run and two unearned runs over five innings to get the win. Joey Wenning picked up his fourth save with an inning of work, and Anthony Hajdu also pitched.
Kyle Slovick went 3 for 4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs for Heidelberg. Zach Cleaver lined two RBI singles, Matt Psychas singled twice and scored, Justin DeWitt and Evan Long both scored twice, Joey Rydzewski scored and Parker Fronk knocked in a run.
Ohio Northern looked to rebound in the second game, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. But Heidelberg tied the game in the third, then added four unearned runs in the sixth to take control.
Psychas hit a three-run homer in the eighth for the Student Princes (12-3, 2-0 OAC). Joe Walton and Kyle Jenkins both doubled in a run, with Walton also scoring, and Cleaver doubled, singled and scored.
Slovick singled in two runs and scored, Rydzewski singled twice and scored, Long scored twice and singled, Fronk singled and scored, and Phil Frazier scored twice.
Trevor Adkins (1-0) fanned five over seven innings to get the win. Marc Ochoa also pitched.
Dragons power off in GLIAC opener
GRIFFITH, Ind. — Tiffin opened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tennis play with a 7-2 Saturday against Purdue Northwest, upping its record to 8-7.
The Dragons opened on a roll by sweeping the doubles contests.
Luis Ludena and Elio Lezama beat Moritz Gisy and Mauricio Villacres 8-6, Sorin Navrotchi and Nikita Parfenov defeated Leon Kah and Uli Grosselch 8-4, and Toby Cutting and Tom Arias blanked Dru Kennedy and Carter Moldenhaur 8-0.
Three of Tiffin’s four singles wins came easily.
Cutting shut out Diego Pimentel 6-0, 6-0, Arias beat Villacres 6-2, 6-1, and Navrotchi beat Kennedy 6-3, 6-1. Santiago de la Rosa mora had the other victory, outlasting Gisy 2-6, 6-2, 10-4.
Timely hitting, errors key in OAC split for ‘Berg
Each team combined clutch hitting with the other team’s miscues Saturday as Heidelberg and Ohio Northern split an Ohio Athletic Conference softball twinbill.
Ohio Northern took the opener 3-0 while The ‘Berg won the second game 5-0 to open OAC play.
Ohio Northern did most of its damage in the top of the fourth in the first game. Hailee Loughman reached on a one-out error before Gabby Stewart drilled a line drive homer to left center for a 2-0 lead.
Heidelberg’s Renee Lovett led off the bottom of the frame with a double and went to third on a sac bunt, but was left stranded there.
The Polar Bears added a run in the fifth when Miranda Huddle singled in Jenna Hollar.
Kirsten Lightel got the win, fanning 12 and allowing just three hits for ONU.
Kaitlyn Moore (6-3) took the loss for the Student Princes.
The roles were reversed in the second game.
Lovett belted a one-out ground ball double down the right field line in the bottom of the third and scored on Shelby Miller’s single up the middle for a 1-0 Heidelberg lead.
Ohio Northern threatened in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with one out. But Heidelberg starter Vanessa Macias fanned one batter and got another to pop up to end the threat.
Then The ‘Berg went to work.
Haylee Patel tripled down the right field line and scored on Kaitlin Keys’ squeeze bunt. New Riegel graduate Leah Bouillon then tried to bunt Keys to second, but an errant throw there put runners at second and third. Lovett reached on an error that scored Keys, Miller singled in Bouillon and Abbey McKee singled in Lovett.
Ohio Northern tried to rally in the seventh, with two on and two out, but Bouillon made a diving stop at short and fired to first from her knees to end the game and get Macias (3-3) the win.
Otterbein muscles past ‘Berg
Otterbein grabbed an 8-0 lead by halftime Saturday en route to overpowering Heidelberg 12-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener in men’s lacrosse.
Connor Dziewit scored three goals for the Cardinals (3-5, 1-0 OAC). Joe Sanfillipo and Jake Grundley each added two and Chandler Swartz, Xander Seal, Logan Fenech, Charlie LaShell and Robby Fields all had one.
Drew McDonald, Sanfillipo, Fields and Ben Lewis each had an assist.
Heidelberg’s goals, both unassisted, came in the third period, with Liam Weaver and Matt Wernerspach finding the net.
Alex Bruder stopped 15 shots for the Student Princes (5-3, 0-1).
Hat trick not enough for ‘Berg women
WESTERVILLE — Heidelberg’s Angela Lulejian scored three times and Dana Dudley and Jen Kovarik each added two goals but Otterbein roared off with an 18-8 Ohio Athletic Conference win Saturday.
The Cardinals (4-5, 1-0 OAC) never trailed, jumping out 4-0 — never allowing Heidelberg to get closer than three goals after that — en route to a 12-3 halftime lead.
Kiera Mulcahy scored four goals for Otterbein, Abby Smoot, Julia Karas, Cameron Finnegan and Noa Crowley each had three. Ema Pusecker and Julie Platz both had one goal.
Abby Rose had the other goal for the Student Princes (4-2, 0-1). Dudley, Jenna Carman and Bri Casement each had an assist.
Jessica Ballow stopped 11 shots for Heidelberg.