Baseball returns to action with a split

Baseball returns to action with a split

TIFFIN - After an eight-day hiatus, the Heidelberg University baseball team got back on the field and split a doubleheader with Muskingum University. Rain and snow pushed the games from Saturday to Tuesday, as Heidelberg won the opener, 6-3, then dropped the nightcap, 8-2.

With the split, Heidelberg remains at .500 (12-12, 4-2 OAC) while the Muskies move to 13-10, 3-3 OAC.

Muskingum was the first to score when they plated two in the top of the second, but Heidelberg answered with one in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Adam Hershberger to cut the deficit to one.

Heidelberg took control with a four-run fourth inning. Evan Long and Joey Wenning started with back-to-back singles, then advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. The pair scored on a single down the right field line by Joe Walton. With two outs, Derek Hug belted his third home run of the season -- a two-run shot to right.

The Student Princes extended their lead to 6-2 in the fifth. Parker Fronk was hit by a pitch and later scored on an RBI groundout by Walton, who finished with a game-high three RBIs.

Muskingum would add a run in the top of the seventh off of game one starter Adam Manner (3-2). Manner went seven innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He fanned three and walked three.

Anthony Hajdu worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Cory Jacobs picked up his fourth save of the year, working a scoreless ninth.

In the nightcap, Heidelberg jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in each of the first two innings. In the first, TJ Harkness singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a groundout and scored on another wild pitch. Jacobs, the designated hitter, led off the second with a triple to right center, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Evan Long.

Muskingum's Matt Lynn singled to start the fourth. He scored on a throwing error by game two starter Kyle Fluharty on a bunt single.

Down 2-1, the Muskies scored three unearned runs in the fifth -- all with two outs. The big blow was a two-run single to right center by Christian Leitenberger.

With the Muskies up 4-2 in the eighth, Heidelberg had the tying run in scoring position with two outs, but freshman Evan Hinds wriggled out of the jam by inducing a groundout.

Fluharty (3-4) worked 8.2 innings -- allowing seven runs (four earned) on 10 hits. A two-out, two-run double by Marc Ibarra in the ninth provided insurance for the Muskies. Reliever Connor Pacella gave up a walk and a pair of hits that led to another Muskingum run.

Trailing 8-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Heidelberg loaded the bases with two outs, but reliever Patrick McGinty got the final out to secure the win for the visitors.

With five hits on the day, Hershberger raised his average to a team-high .415.

UP NEXT

Heidelberg will continue their busy week of conference play tomorrow when they travel to Baldwin Wallace for another doubleheader. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Berea.