- Kyle Slovick's RBI single in the 8th caps the comeback
- Slovick and Justin DeWitt each have two hits, two RBI
- Cameron Deemer gets the win in relief
XENIA, Ohio – A late rally helped lift the Heidelberg University baseball team to a season-opening 5-4 victory over Anderson University. Kyle Slovick's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth plated Matt Psychas with the go-ahead run at Grady's Field on Sunday.
Heidelberg (1-0) avenged a loss to Anderson in the season opener a year ago.
Anthony Hajdu started the season in grand fashion, striking out the side in the top of the first. In the second, Parker Fronk made a cross-diamond throw to nab Anderson's Jonathan Willoughby trying to advance on an infield single.
The defensive play seemed to spark the offense. In the bottom of the second, Matt Psychas reached on an error and moved to second on a walk drawn by Kyle Slovick. In his first collegiate at bat, Justin DeWitt lined a double to the gap in left center, scoring two.
The Ravens clawed back in the top of the third capitalizing on two Hajdu walks, taking the lead with a three-run inning. With two outs, Branton Sanders flared a 2-2 pitch into shallow center to plate a pair. Hajdu worked 3.0 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He fanned four.
Trevor Adkins worked two innings of scoreless relief, though he had to wriggle out of a jam in each frame. With two on and one out in the fourth, he used a groundout and a strikeout to end the threat. The fifth inning was highlighted by an 8-6-2 putout on a double hit to the wall. Later, with the bases loaded and one out, Adkins got a strikeout and a groundout to third.
After giving up the two runs in the second, Anderson starter John Becker settled in – setting down nine in a row until a fifth inning single by Darrin Shirk. In the sixth, Fronk walked and moved to second on a groundout. He trotted home on a ground rule double to left center by Slovick. Becker went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He struck out seven.
Anderson regained the lead in the top of the seventh. After getting two quick outs, Deemer gave up a single and a soft double inside the right field line.
In the eighth, Evan Long was plunked by Seth Eldridge's first offering of the inning. Long stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a Psychas single. Psychas moved to second on a ball in the dirt before sprinting home on a line drive single by Slovick – giving HU a 5-4 lead.
A walk to lead off the ninth was quickly neutralized as Marc Ochoa threw out a would-be base stealer. Deemer sealed the win with a pair of groundouts.
Heidelberg will return to action under the bright Florida sun. They open a nine-game Sunshine State slate on Saturday.