BASE: Ankrom masterful, bats come alive in win

BASE: Ankrom masterful, bats come alive in win

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.-- A dominant start by Sam Ankrom lifted the Heidelberg University baseball team past the Moravian Greyhounds on a picturesque Tuesday, 7-1. Ankrom picked up his first win since May 8, 2015, throwing six innings.

Four Student Princes had two-hit days -- Matt Psychas, Kyle Slovick, Justin DeWitt and Zach Cleaver. Evan Long drove in three and Parker Fronk had a two-run homer.  The Berg pounded out a season-high 12 hits on the afternoon.  

Heidelberg enters its Florida off-day with a 4-1 record, boasting a team ERA of 2.25.  The pitching staff has struck out at least eight batters in all five games.

After squandering a few chances early, the floodgates opened for the Student Princes in the top of the fifth. It began innocuously with a Justin DeWitt bloop single to shallow right field. Cleaver ripped a single to right center, sending DeWitt to third. With two outs, Phil Frazier was down in the count, 0-2, before taking four straight balls (including one off his elbow). With the bases full, Long delivered the hit the Berg offense had been clamoring for all season -- a three-run double to the gap in left center. Parker Fronk followed with a towering home run to right, his first of the season. With five runs across, Psychas smoked a triple to the wall in center, then scored on a single by Slovick. Slovick's single completed the four-batter cycle.

Meanwhile, Sam Ankrom -- making his first start for Heidelberg since Apr. 27, 2016 -- cruised. His lone blemish in six full innings of work was a solo shot in the sixth. Ankrom, who boasts one of the best dugout dog barks in the the region, scattered five hits and struck out seven.

"It was great to see Sam out there, healthy," said head coach Chad Fitzgerald. "He's a tremendous competitor and threw really well."

Heidelberg tacked on one more in the ninth -- with Psychas plating Frazier with a single through the right side.

Conner Pacella, Brady Ansara and Marc Ochoa each threw an inning of scoreless relief.

Moravian fell to 3-5 in the loss.

The Student Princes return to action on Thursday at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers.  HU faces Thiel College, with first pitch at 9 a.m.