PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida -- On the final day of their Florida trip, the Heidelberg University baseball team fell to No. 14 Keystone College, 6-4. The Student Princes fell behind early, rallied back to tie the game at three before falling late.
The spring trip ends with a 6-3 record, and HU stands at 6-4 overall. Keystone, last year's national runner-up, moves to 3-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED
HU starter Cameron Deemer cruised through the first four innings before encountering trouble in the fifth. With one out and the bases full, Ryan Callahan bounced a two-run single through the left side. Two batters later, Anthony Ferezza slashed a single to right that brought in another run.
Down 3-0 in the sixth, Heidelberg pieced together some offense against Keystone starter Miguel Reyes. With a runner on, Evan Long worked a walk. After lining out in his previous two at bats, Cory Jacobs sent a bouncer through the left side, scoring Darrin Shirk.
In the seventh, The Berg roughed up the Giants bullpen for two to tie the game at 3. A pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt put two in scoring position for Shirk. The HU center fielder tripled into the right field corner, scoring both.
The Giants regained the lead in the eighth with a two-run homer to left by Brady Barr off of reliever Zach Doran (2-1).
The Student Princes got one back in the bottom half of the inning. Jacobs led off with a double to center. Jordan Beacorn followed with a pinch-hit walk. Runners moved up on a wild pitch, then pinch-runner Ryan Marasti scored on a passed ball.
Jacobs came on to pitch in the ninth and allowed a run to score on a first-and-third double steal, with Chris Panzarella sliding in just ahead of the tag applied by Marc Ochoa.
Keystone reliever Yaison Andujar (1-0), who came on in the seventh, worked a 1-2-3 ninth to seal the win.
Deemer worked seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out one and walked one.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
With a bloop single in the first, Joey Rydzewski extended his hitting streak to 10 this season and 17 overall as a Student Prince.
The Student Princes improved upon last year's 4-7 Florida trip.
Heidelberg heads north and is slated to visit Earlham College (weather permitting) on Wednesday for a single game, starting at 4 p.m. Schedule changes all season long can be found at BergAthletics.com.