GRANVILLE, Ohio -- A late lead slipped away from the Heidelberg University baseball team, as host Denison University scored six times in the eighth inning and won, 13-8. The topsy-turvy game featured six lead changes.
Heidelberg fell to 10-7 overall while the Big Red improved to 11-3.
Joey Rydzewski doubled to left center to start the contest and matriculated the remaining 180 feet on a pair of groundouts.
A two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the inning gave Denison a 2-1 lead.
Undeterred, HU regained the lead in the top of the second. Darrin Shirk, who reached on an error, scored on a double down the right field line by Parker Fronk. Fronk would later score on a two-out single by catcher Joe Walton.
After scoring twice in the bottom of the third, the Big Red opened up a big lead with three in the fourth. HU starter Brady Ansara worked 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on five hits. He walked three. Reliever Conner Pacella finished the fourth.
Trailing 7-3, the Student Princes answered immediately. Two singles and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Adam Hershberger hit into a fielder's choice,scoring one, and an errant throw on the play allowed a second run to score. Alex Manner followed with a double down the line in left, putting runners on second and third. Shirk plated both with a double to left.
Tied at 7, the Tricolor took the lead with a single run in the seventh. Evan Long extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a one-out single through the right side. He moved to third on a balk and a throwing error and would score the go-ahead run on a basehit by Manner.
Cameron Charbonneau danced around a hit and three walks in two innings of scoreless relief. He gave way to Marc Ochoa (1-1), who worked a 1-2-3 seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. Denison touched up Ochoa and Cory Jacobs for six runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batter.
Heidelberg was unable to scratch anything across in the ninth. Denison's Andrew Bruss (1-0) worked 1.2 innings of relief to pick up the win.
Walton, Manner and Rydzewski had two hits apiece. Walton has had two hits in each of the past three games. As a team, Heidelberg tallied ten hits.
The Student Princes play host to Adrian College (8-5) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The game against the Bulldogs was moved up 24 hours because of the weather forecast. Live video and stats will be available at BergAthletics.com.