BASE: Berg collects 23 hits, splits with Manchester

Photos courtesy of Mason Hainey
Photos courtesy of Mason Hainey

TIFFIN, Ohio -- Through sunshine and snow, the Heidelberg University baseball team opened its home slate with a doubleheader split against Manchester University.  The Berg opened a big lead in the first game, then held on for a 10-7 win. Manchester flipped the script in the second game, winning 6-2. The loss in the nightcap halted the Heidelberg winning streak at seven.

Marc Ochoa was 5-for-8 on the day, with a home run, a double and four RBI. Kyle Jenkins added four hits and three RBI while Zach Doran also had four hits.  Tyler Smith and Kane Bateman each tallied three hits on the day.

Heidelberg moved to 8-3 overall while Manchester improved to 2-9.  

GAME ONE:  HEIDELBERG 10-16-3    MANCHESTER 7-12-0

The Spartans loaded the bases in the top of the first, but Trevor Adkins fanned two to get out of the jam.  

Buoyed by Adkins' momentum, Heidelberg sprinted out of the gate. Bateman and Jenkins singled and scored on a laser home run down the left field line by Ochoa.  

In the second, The Berg added two more  Doran and Smith singled up the middle before stealing a base.  With two outs, Jenkins singled to right, plating both.

Manchester got on the board in the third on a solo homer by Joe Gallatin.  

The Berg manufactured a run in the bottom of the inning.  Ochoa doubled down the left field line, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Keaton Mark, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Parker Fronk.  

Ahead 6-1, HU added to its lead in the fourth.  With two outs, Bateman singled and scored on a double by Jenkins.  Matt Psychas followed, launching a two-run homer over the wall in left.  

Trailing 9-1, Manchester awoke in the fifth.  The Spartans scored six runs in the inning, all of which were charged to Adkins.  Adkins went 4.1 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits. He walked four and struck out three.  

HU managed to tack on an insurance run in the sixth.  With the bases full and two outs, Smith scored on a squibbed infield single to short by Ochoa.  

Brady Ansara (2-0) relieved Adkins in the fifth and picked up the win.  In 1.2 innings, Ansara allowed no runs on one hit. Freshman Brady Knizner worked a scoreless seventh and eighth, allowing three hits.  Joey Wenning earned his fourth save of the year, working around a hit and two walks.

Manchester starter Jordan Hilyard (0-2) was saddled with the loss.  He worked four innings, giving up nine runs on 11 hits. Gallatin had the only two-hit performance for Manchester.  

GAME TWO:   MANCHESTER 6-10-0     HEIDELBERG 2-7-1

Manchester did not squander the opportunity to strike first blood.  Three singles and double gave MU a 2-0 lead off of Alex Sir Louis. A sacrifice fly put the guests up 3-0.  

Single runs in the third and fourth helped Manchester push its lead to 5-0.  Sir Louis went five innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks.  He struck out six.

Reliever Ryan Keane allowed a run in two innings of work while Mac Spears and Cayden Rollins threw an inning of scoreless ball.  

Through snowflakes, Heidelberg had a tough time making solid contact against Manchester freshman Austin Kresl.  Kresl breezed through eight innings before running into trouble in the eighth. Eric Devore led off with a triple to the angle in deep right center field.  He scored on a double by Smith. Smith ambled home on a double by Bateman. Jenkins followed with a loud line out to right before Kresl got a pop up to end the inning.  

The Berg made noise in the ninth, finally chasing Kresl from the game.  HU loaded the bases, but the game ended on a long fly to left center by Smith.  

Kresl (1-1) went 8.1 innings, scattering seven hits.  He struck out four and did not allow a walk, picking up his first collegiate win.  Jacob Van Pelt earned his first save of the season.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:  

Jenkins has hit safely in all 11 games this season.  

To begin his collegiate career, Rollins struck out the first three batters he faced.

UP NEXT:  

The rubber match of the three-game set between Heidelberg and the Spartans begins at 4 p.m. at Manchester.