No. 14 Keystone slides past Baseball

No. 14 Keystone slides past Baseball

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.

Cory Jacobs and Joe Walton paced the offense with two hits apiece. Darrin Shirk drove in a pair of runs.

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.

UP NEXT

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.