BASE: Sir Louis pitches Berg past No. 21 Misericordia

BASE: Sir Louis pitches Berg past No. 21 Misericordia

PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida -- Alex Sir Louis dazzled and the offense sizzled as the Heidelberg University baseball team won its fourth straight, picking up a 5-2 win over No. 21 Misericordia on Thursday. Sir Louis held the Cougars to two runs over eight innings while the offense scored four runs with two outs.

Kyle Jenkins, Marc Ochoa, Jake Davis and Zach Doran each had two hits apiece as the Student Princes (5-2) tallied 12 hits on the day.

While Sir Louis kept the Cougars off the board in the first two frames, each inning featured a standout defensive play. The first inning ended with a caught stealing at home on a first-and-third double steal, with Tyler Smith firing the ball to Marc Ochoa at the plate. In the second, Parker Fronk made a diving stop on a bouncer down the first base line.

After Misericordia took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, Heidelberg responded in the ensuing inning. Matt Psychas sent a hard bouncer past the third baseman, then moved to second on a bunt single by Ochoa. After advancing on a groundout, the pair scored on a dribbler up the middle by Jake Davis.

Heidelberg's lead was short-lived. Tyler Holzapfel hit the second pitch of the next half-inning over the wall in left, tying the game at 2-2.

The Berg took the lead in the seventh. Davis and Zach Doran singled. Moments after hearing 1986 CMA Single of the Year "Bop" by Dan Seals between innings, Bateman ripped a single to right, plating Davis. With two outs, Kyle Jenkins sent a ball to the wall in left that was caught by the left fielder.

Heidelberg added an insurance runs in the eighth and ninth. In the eighth, Psychas drew a four-pitch walk and went to third on a bloop base hit by Ochoa. Keaton Mark followed with an RBI single to right, plating Psychas. In the ninth, Doran chopped a basehit off the dirt in front of home plate, which bounced over the head of the third baseman. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, he scored when Kyle Jenkins slashed a double into the right field corner.

Sir Louis (1-1) worked a full eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He fanned a pair -- including a punchout to end the eighth, ending a 10-pitch at bat.

Joey Wenning earned his second save of the season, waltzing around two defensive miscues. He didn't allow a hit in the ninth.

Psychas had two sliding grabs in the game, including a crucial catch for the first out in the ninth inning.

Cougar starter Tom Jacob (1-1) went toe-to-toe with Sir Louis for much of the contest. Jacob allowed four runs on 10 hits.

Heidelberg has averaged 13 hits per game in Florida, including a string of four in a row with 10+.

Ochoa has thrown out 36% of would-be base stealers this season.

The Student Princes are 2-0 when one of its players forgets their jersey at the team hotel.  

Heidelberg returns to action on Friday with a 3 p.m. game against Kean.