PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida -- Marc Ochoa had four hits, including three doubles, and five RBI as the Heidelberg University baseball team defeated Mitchell College, 7-2. The Student Princes wrapped up the first half of their Florida team with a 3-2 overall, 3-1 in the Sunshine State.
Freshman Alec Zoeller picked up the win in his first collegiate outing.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Heidelberg answered the bell in a big way. After Kane Bateman reached on an error, the Student Princes loaded the bases on base hits by Kyle Jenkins and Matt Psychas. Marc Ochoa cleared the bases with a double to the wall in left center.
After dancing out of trouble in the first, Zoeller (1-0) allowed a run in the second. After that, the southpaw settled in and found his groove. He worked 5+ innings, allowing four hits and one earned run. He struck out four.
Ochoa doubled home Psychas in the third, then repeated the feat in the fifth, pushing Heidelberg's lead out to 5-1.
In the 6th, the Student Princes tacked on two more. Walks to Jake Davis and Zach Doran followed by a single from Tyler Smith loaded the bases. Bateman was hit by a pitch, plating Davis. Doran scored in a fielder's choice by Jenkins.
Zoeller departed with two on in the 6th after a misplay on the infield. Reliever Mason Metz used a strike 'em out - throw 'em out double play -- with Ochoa throwing behind the runner at first. The Mariners managed to eke one run across in the frame, which closed out the scoring.
FOR THE OPPONENT:
Mitchell starter Drew Daley lasted 4.2 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits … Catcher Markus Melendez had three hits.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
The Student Princes have sent four freshmen out to pitch for the varsity squad this season. Each of the four -- Brady Knizner, Ryan Keane, Cayden Rollins, and Zoeller -- recorded their first collegiate out via strikeout.
Ochoa is the first 'Berg player with a three double (a triple-double?) day since Ricardo Lizcano had three at Manchester on March 17, 2012.
In Florida: Heidelberg is 2-0 since the team changed its parking location at North Charlotte Regional Park … HU is 3-1 on days when 1980s country megahit "Bop" by Dan Seals -- the 1986 CMA Single of the Year -- is played before or during the game.
After an off day Tuesday, Heidelberg returns to action on Wednesday with an 11 a.m. matinee against Moravian College