BSB: Berg pounds out win in home opener

(Photos by Kamryn Memmer)
(Photos by Kamryn Memmer)

TIFFIN -- The Heidelberg University baseball opened up its home slate a day earlier than anticipated, picking up a 10-2 win over Manchester University on Saturday. Originally slated for a doubleheader on the road, field and weather conditions prompted a single game on Saturday, with two to come on Sunday -- all in Tiffin. Frigid temperatures didn't hamper the Heidelberg bats, as the Student Princes banged out a season-high 18 hits in the victory.

Evan Long was a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a homer, double and two singles. He drove in three. Justin DeWitt and Joe Walton each had three hits.

Heidelberg took an early lead with a three-spot in the bottom of the first. Joey Rydzewski and Justin DeWitt lead off with singles to shallow right field. Evan Long plated Rydzewski with another hit to right. DeWitt scored on a Matt Psychas groundout. Long came in on a bouncing single up the middle by Kyle Slovick.

Up 3-1 in the third, Heidelberg widened their lead with a pair of runs. DeWitt singled and moved to third on a double by Long. Fronk singled home DeWitt with an opposite-field single to left. Long scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Ryan Marasti.

Long tacked on two more in the fourth, launching his first homer of the season to right. Heidelberg would add single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth.

Berg starter Cameron Deemer (4-0) went seven full innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out eight Spartans. Alex Sir Louis gave up one unearned run in the eighth before Marc Ochoa worked a scoreless ninth.

"Cameron has had four really good starts for us," said head coach Chad Fitzgerald. "He did a great job throwing strikes."

As a team, the Student Princes had five extra base hits.

"We've worked hard on our offense in practice since we returned from Florida," said Fitzgerald. "It was great to see us swing at good pitches early in the count and drive the ball."

Heidelberg and Manchester will match up twice on Sunday. The non-conference twinbill is scheduled for a noon start.