TIFFIN - The Heidelberg University baseball team was swept in a conference doubleheader on Saturday by OAC-leading Marietta. The Student Princes were unable to get their offense going in game one while a late rally was not enough as HU dropped both games.
Heidelberg fell to 12-16 (4-6 OAC) with the sweep while Marietta improved to 18-11 (8-2 OAC).
Game one saw the Berg offense struggle at the plate, as Marietta starting pitcher Christian Herstine was in total command. The lone run of the game for HU came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Joey Wenning drove in Clayton Wielinski, who singled and advanced to third on a two-base throwing error on Herstine on a failed pickoff attempt.
The Student Princes were unable to chip away at an early deficit, as the Pioneers continued to gradually add to their lead as the game wore on as the Berg ended up falling by a final score of 7-1.
T.J. Harkness had his 16-game hitting streak broken in the contest, which had dated back to their game against Keystone in Florida on March 16th.
Adam Manner took the loss on the mound, dropping his record to 3-3 on the season. Manner went 7 innings and struck out seven in the game.
Marietta struck first in game two as well, as they scored two in the top of the 2nd to put the Berg in an early hole.
Heidelberg's offense finally came alive in the bottom of the fourth when Cory Jacobs crushed a solo home run to left-center, cutting the deficit in half.
The Berg's offense then sputtered again, as Marietta scored a pair in the 8th and 4 in the ninth to get out to an 8-1 lead.
Kyle Fluharty (3-5) took the loss despite pitching very effectively, throwing just 95 pitches in eight innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts.
Heidelberg will be back at home again on Tuesday, April 19th, when they host John Carroll for another OAC doubleheader. Game one is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Peaceful Valley.