A forgettable home opener for baseball

(Mason Hainey/Berg Athletics)
(Mason Hainey/Berg Athletics)

TIFFIN -- As far as home openers go, Tuesday's game was not one for the ages.

The Heidelberg University baseball team had runners aboard in seven of nine innings, but could not scratch a run across as it dropped an 11-0 decision to Manchester University on Tuesday.

The Spartans scored early and often. Leadoff hitter Chad Schultz reached on an error and advanced to second. Schultz moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 MU lead.

Manchester tacked on a run in the second off HU starter Alex Simun. The Spartans added two more in the third with a deep home run to right field for a 4-0 lead.

MU broke the game open in the fifth by plating four runs off Alex Sir Louis. A walk, a single, and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. Eric Knepper slapped a two run single through the left side for a 6-0 lead. The Spartans scored two more in the top of the ninth.

Senior Evan Long led the Heidelberg offense with two hits on the afternoon. Knepper led the Spartans with two hits and four RBI.

The Berg used seven pitchers. Simun struck out three over four innings of work.

Heidelberg falls to 8-6 on the season while Manchester improves to 3-7.  The Spartans win the three-game series, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Tiffin.  

Wednesday's game against La Roche has been moved to May 7. The Berg will return to action on Saturday to open OAC play against Capital. Game times at Peaceful Valley are scheduled for 1 and 4 p.m.