‘Berg powers past Barons
The Heidelberg men’s lacrosse team used a 13-goal explosion in the second quarter to propel it to a 25-12 win over Franciscan Saturday.
The 25 goals set a program record for most goals in a game. The previous record was 16.
Senior captain Matt Wernerspach led the Princes (2-0) with seven goals and a pair of assists. Sophomores Nick Selfridge and Patrick McCarty each had six goals along with two assists. Freshman Liam Weaver scored four goals and dished an assist in his collegiate debut.
Less than two minutes into the game, Brock Hodson found Wernerspach for his first goal of the game. The captain scored two more time before the end of the first quarter while McCarty added two and Selfridge scored once. HU led 5-3 at the first stop.
The Princes kept on firing away in the second, scoring four times in the first five minutes. Franciscan (0-1) scored a pair of goals before The ‘Berg closed out the half with nine straight goals for an 18-7 edge. During that stretch, Noah Messerall scored his first collegiate goal.
The Princes added three goals in the third. Weaver scored the first goal of the second half with 13:47 on the clock. The Barons cut the deficit to 19-8 before Weaver and Wernerspach each added a goal in the final four minutes to extend the lead to 21-8.
Franciscan scored the first four goals of the final quarter of action to bring it within 21-12. Heidelberg closed out the game with four goals capped by Weaver’s fourth with 3:08 remaining.
HU walks away with victory over Beavers
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Heidelberg’s baseball team was awarded 16 free bases in Saturday’s 12-3 victory over Babson on its annual spring break trip to Florida.
The Princes drew 13 base on balls and three batters hit by a pitch to improve to 2-0.
Kyle Slovik and Matt Psychas each finished with a pair of hits and three RBIs to help the propel The ‘Berg. Parker Fronk plated two runners and had no hits.
The 13 walks are the most in a game by HU since a 15-walk game in a 15-0 win April 18, 2014.
After a quick top of the first, Heidelberg slowly manufactured its first run. Joey Rydzewski drew a leadoff walk, stole second and moved to third on a balk. Fronk plated the runner with a sac fly.
The Beavers (1-1) responded in the second with a run on three hits off HU starter Anthony Hajdu. With the bases loaded, Hajdu sat down the side on a strikeout.
The Princes kept themselves patient at the plate in the second and became more aggressive on the basepaths. Darrin Shirk got things started with a walk and made it to third on a Rydzewski single. Marc Ochoa singled in Shirk and moved Rydzewski to third. With a 3-1 edge, HU tacked on three more runs without having to swing the bat. In a bases-loaded situation, Fronk was walked and earned his second RBI in as many official at-bats. Psychas was hit in the leg and Slovik was walked following Fronk.
Heidelberg kept its foot on the gas pedal in the third by adding three more runs. Again Rydzewski was walked and moved to second when Ochoa was hit by a pitch. A throwing error on a double steal allowed Rydzewski to score. Back-to-back RBI-singles by Pyschas and Slovik gave HU a 9-1 lead.
Babson got a leadoff home run in the fourth, but Hajdu got out of a jam with defensive help from Pyschas. The left fielder threw out a runner at the plate for the second out before snaring a sinking liner down the line. The Beavers added a pair of runs in the fifth off Hajdu. The HU starter tossed five innings of work and gave up three earned runs on seven hits while fanning five batters.
Slovik drove in another run in the fifth after a pair of back-to-back two-out walks. A two-out triple by Pyschas in the seventh extended HU’s lead to 11-3. The final run came with an RBI sacrifice foul out.
The Heidelberg bullpen combined for four scoreless innings.
Late runs help Tritons sweep TU
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tiffin softball team opened its Florida trip with a pair of losses as Eckerd used big innings to secure the wins.
Eckerd took Game 1 7-1 before completing the sweep with a 7-4 win in the second.
The nightcap was the more disappointing game as Tiffin (6-3) led 4-2 lead entering the bottom half of the final inning. Kimmy Reynolds tossed 6 1/3 innings, fanning nine while giving up seven walks and five hits. She also gave up seven runs (six earned). Five of those came in the final inning.
Down 1-0 in the second inning, the Dragons used a three-spot to take the lead with a two-out rally. Alayna Lytle and April Bennett each singled to get things going. Libby Crow hit an RBI single and an error by the pitcher to Jamie Sevenish gave TU a 2-1 edge. Tiffin used the double steal sending Crow home for the 3-1 lead.
The Tritons cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third before TU went up 4-2 in the fourth. Lytle got a base hit and moved to second on a sacrifice. Crow reached with a single and a throwing error allowed Crow to cross the plate.
Then came the seventh inning.
A walk and an error started the inning for Eckerd before a single cut the lead to 4-3. Another walk and a wild pitch tied the game. Reynolds was able to strikeout a batter before a three-run walkoff homer gave Eckerd (6-10) the win.
Game 1 remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Tritons used a six-spot to take a huge lead.
Tiffany Snell was cruising along for Tiffin in the circle. She threw into the fifth inning before things went off track. The Tritons tallied five hits and a walk in the fifth to score six runs and chased Snell out of the circle. Snell finished with 4 1/3 innings pitched with six earned runs.
The Dragons’ lone run came in the sixth inning when Crow reached with a base hit. Brooke Lambert doubled her home to make it 6-1.
Eckerd added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and kept the Dragons off the board in the top of the seventh.
Bulls rout Falcons capping regular season
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo capped the regular with a Mid-American Conference East Division title and earned the No. 2 seed in the MAC tournament with a 74-38 win Saturday over Bowling Green.
Bowling Green is seeded 11th and will face sixth-seeded Western Michigan Monday in Kalamazoo.
Bowling Green (11-18, 3-15 MAC) got within single digits late in the second qiarter before the Bulls scored four straight points to close out the first half 32-30. Buffalo (25-4, 16-2) held the Falcons scoreless for over six minutes in the third while scoring 15-straight points for a 51-24 edge. BG did not get closer than 25 points the remainder of the game.
Autumn Jones led the Bulls with 13 points off the bench followed by Cassie Oursler with 12.
Andrea Cecil and Angela Perry each had eight points for the Falcons while Perry recorded a team-high seven rebounds. Bellevue graduate Carly Santoro was held to five points and six boards.