PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida -- A day after being shut out, the Heidelberg University baseball team responded in a big way. The Berg pounded out 13 hits and drew 10 free bases in a 13-6 victory over Moravian College on a sunny Sunday in South Florida.
The offense production did not overshadow a strong start from Tristan Phillips, who went six strong innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
For the first time on the young season, the Student Princes got on the board first. Kane Bateman hit a ground ball to the right side that the first baseman dove to grab. His throw to the pitcher covering sailed out of play, allowing Bateman to advance to second. Kyle Jenkins followed with a double off the glove of a diving left fielder. Matt Psychas followed with a standard sacrifice fly to left, but no Greyhounds covered third on the throw, which allowed Jenkins to score from second behind Bateman.
After Moravian tied the game on a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, Heidelberg answered in the second. Jake Davis was grazed by a pitch, then moved to second on a solid single through the right side by Tyler Smith. With two outs, Bateman -- a Dan Seals fan -- laced an 0-2 pitch into left center, plating Davis.
The Greyhounds threatened in the second, but a diving catch on a hard liner to third by Jenkins ended the inning.
The Berg tacked on three runs in the third, but tallied just one hit -- a leadoff bouncer up the middle by Jenkins. Marc Ochoa was hit by a pitch before Keaton Mark drew a four-pitch walk. With two outs and the bases full, Davis was hit by another pitch, forcing in Jenkins. Zach Doran worked an RBI-walk, plating Ochoa. Smith hit a high chopper to short, but Doran beat the throw to second.
The Student Princes added a run in the fourth. Jenkins rapped a single through the left side, stole second, then moved to third on a fly out. Ochoa -- who is near the top of the nation in gloves hanging from back pockets -- sent a bouncer to second and beat out a tag on a bad throw.
In his first start of the season, Phillips allowed two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, as the Greyhounds crept to within three at 7-4. Phillips (2-0) went six innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits. He fanned four.
Moravian starter Rhett Jacoby -- who, in two previous stellar starts against Heidelberg, had only allowed two earned runs in 15 innings while striking out 13 -- went 4.0 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits.
Ahead 7-4, Heidelberg broke it open with a five-run seventh -- all with two outs. Smith pushed Davis to second with a bunt single to third. On an 0-2 pitch, Bateman laced a single to left center, scoring Davis. Jenkins hit a hard grounder to third that was misplayed, allowing Smith to score. Psychas was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Two more runs scored on wild pitches, with a third coming on a balk.
Up 12-4, HU pushed its final run across on an RBI double by Smith, scoring Parker Fronk.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
In a stat that only Alex and Eric Monroe coud love, Davis was hit by three pitches. He becomes the first Heidelberg player to earn the hat trick (hit trick?) since TJ Harkness was plunked three times against SUNY New Paltz in 2015. That game, a 9-7 win, was notable because the lights turned off at midnight and the game was resumed the next morning.
Heidelberg faces Mitchell on Monday morning at 10 a.m.