BASE: Berg beats another ranked opponent

BASE: Berg beats another ranked opponent

PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida -- For the second straight day, the Heidelberg University baseball team defeated a ranked opponent. The Student Princes rallied to beat No. 25 Kean University, 9-6, on the penultimate day of their annual Florida trip.  Heidelberg, now 6-2, has won five straight.

Matt Psychas was 3-for-5 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored while Jake Davis delivered a critical two-run double. Kane Bateman, Kyle Jenkins and Parker Fronk each had two hits apiece.

A short start put pressure on the Heidelberg bullpen, but Mason Metz, Brady Ansara and Joey Wenning were equal to the task.

After Kean opened the game with a run in the top of the first, Heidelberg tied it in the bottom of the frame. Kane Bateman reached on a throwing error and scored on a triple to right center by Matt Psychas.

The Cougars plated a pair of unearned runs off of Tristan Phillips in the top of the second, taking a 3-1 lead.

The Student Princes cut the lead in half on a bases-loaded single by Bateman, plating Jake Davis.

Kean rebuilt their two-run lead with a run on a squeeze play in the third. The run was charged to Phillips, who went 2+ innings. Phillips allowed four runs (two earned) on two hits, walking two, hitting two and striking out two.

Down 5-2 in the fourth, Heidelberg edged closer with a pair of runs. With the bases full, Kyle Jenkins slapped a base hit through the right side, scoring Zach Evans and Tyler Smith.

Trailing 6-4 in the sixth, the determined Student Princes grabbed the lead. Psychas started the rally with a one out single to left. Ochoa walked, which elicited a pitching change by Kean. Keaton Mark was hit in the arm by the first pitch, loading the bases. Parker Fronk drew a four-pitch walk, forcing in Psychas. On a 2-2 pitch, Davis sent a bouncing double inside the bag at third, plating a pair -- giving HU a 7-6 lead.

The Student Princes tacked on two in the seventh. Jenkins singled to right center and scored on the second triple of the game for Psychas. Psychas hustled home on a sacrifice fly by Mark.

After Phillips departed in the third, Mason Metz worked three innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits. Brady Ansara (1-0) took over in the sixth, working three scoreless innings.

Short of cueing up "Rattlin' Bog," closer Joey Wenning did everything he could do to wrap up the game in the ninth. Wenning worked a 1-2-3 ninth, notching his third save of the season.

The two triple performance for Psychas was Heidelberg's first multi-triple game since Trevor Oldham tied a league record with three triples against Manchester in 2014.

Heidelberg winds up their Florida trip on Saturday with a 10 a.m. game against No. 5 Swarthmore.