TIFFIN -- Behind solid pitching and timely hitting, the Heidelberg University baseball team opened up conference play with a sweep of visiting Capital University on Saturday. A late surge propelled HU to an 11-2 win in the opener before a 4-2 win in the night cap.
Heidelberg improved to 10-6 (2-0 OAC) with the sweep. Capital fell to 9-8 (0-2 OAC)
Zach Doran -- 2 APP, 3.1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits
Evan Long -- 6-for-9, 3 RBI, 2B, 2 runs
Parker Fronk -- 5-for-8, RBI, 2B, 4 runs
Cory Jacobs -- 4-for-7, RBI, 3 runs scored, 1 IP, 2K, Save
Adam Hershberger -- 3-for-8, 3 RBI
GAME ONE: Heidelberg 11 Capital 2
Heidelberg starter Anthony Hajdu and Capital starter Shane Wellman were locked in a duel through four innings. In the fifth, HU plated four two-out runs. With the bases loaded, Evan Long squibbed a fly ball to shallow left that fell in behind the third baseman and the shortstop, scoring two. Adam Hershberger followed with a infield single up the middle. The second baseman gloved it, but threw wildly to first, allowing two runs to score on the play.
In the top of the sixth, a double and single put runners on second and third with no outs. A bloop single inside the left field line followed, bring in a run. After a strikeout and a single that loaded the bases, Hajdu got Brett Colburn to hit a fly ball to medium-deep center. Darrin Shirk caught it and threw a one-hopper to Joe Walton at the plate. Walton tagged Tyler Cetnarowski for the inning-ending double play.
HU rode the momentum of the defensive gem and plated four more in the bottom of the frame. With two on and one out, Walton drove in a run on a bad-hop single past the first baseman. Joey Rydzewski added a run on an RBI fielder's choice. Later, Hershberger and Alex Manner contributed RBI singles.
After a five-pitch top of the seventh by reliever Zach Doran, the Tricolor removed all doubt with three more runs in the eighth. Rydzewski and Long had RBI base knocks before Hershberger added a sacrifice fly.
Capital would add a run in the eighth, but HU waltzed away with the win.
GAME TWO: Heidelberg 4 Capital 2
The Student Princes carried momentum from the first game into the nightcap. Shirk started the second inning with a laser triple to left center, then scored on a double by Parker Fronk. Fronk would score on a single to center by Matt Psychas.
The Tricolor tacked on another run in the fourth, again boosted by an extra-base hit by Shirk. After doubling to left center, he moved to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacobs.
The Crusaders got to within one at 3-2 with single runs in the fifth and sixth off of starter Cameron Deemer. With the tying run on third, Doran entered his second game of the day and got out of the jam by inducing a fielder's choice.
Fronk singled and scored a run in the bottom half of the inning, crossing the plate on a single by Walton.
After that. Doran and Jacobs would retire the side in order for the final three innings. Deemer (1-0) went 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. He struck out three and didn't allow a walk. Doran pitched 2.1 innings in the nightcap. Jacobs picked up his third save.
QUICK HITS WITH FITZ
Head coach Chad Fitzgerald on the afternoon: "I loved the way we stuck to our approach offensively and had great timely hitting ... We competed all day on the mound and had great starts from Tony and Cam ... Two great team wins to start off conference play."
Like Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh, Mother Nature likes to announce her presence with authority. As such, Sunday's varsity/developmental team doubleheader scheduled for Sunday at Denison has been affected by the rainy forecast. Instead, the varsity will play a single game at Denison on Monday at 4:30 p.m. There will be no developmental team games on Sunday or Monday.
Additionally, Tuesday's game vs. Albion has been postponed indefinitely.