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.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
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.
FOR THE OPPONENT:
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.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
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.