BASE: Heidelberg splits at Marietta

(Doug Sampson / File Photo)
(Doug Sampson / File Photo)

MARIETTA, Ohio -- The No. 24 Heidelberg University baseball team walked away with a split at Marietta College on a dreary Sunday afternoon along the banks of the Ohio River. The Pioneers took the opener, 3-1, and Heidelberg won the nightcap, 7-4.

Keaton Mark collected five hits -- including two doubles -- as Heidelberg moved to 14-5 overall, 3-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Pioneers stand at 7-11, 2-2.

GAME ONE :   MARIETTA 3      HEIDELBERG 1

The big inning, which has hampered 'Berg starter Trevor Adkins at times this season, showed up early for the Pioneers. After striking out the side in the bottom of the first, Adkins allowed three runs in the second. A homer, then a single before consecutive doubles helped the hosts build a lead they would not relinquish.

Pioneer starter Dalton Wiggins held the Student Princes scoreless until the seventh. Mark doubled to the gap in left center, then scored on a base hit up the middle by Parker Fronk. With two on and one out, Marietta closer Sam Mathews spelled Wiggins. Mathews got out of the jam and closed the game with 2.2 innings of one-hit ball.

Wiggins (1-4) went 6.1 innings, and allowed one run on six hits. He struck out eight.

Adkins (2-3) settled in after the second, but still took the loss. He worked a full six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out seven.

Mason Metz relieved Adkins and worked two innings. He issued two hits and one walk, but did not allow a run.

GAME TWO:   HEIDELBERG 7      MARIETTA 3

Two fielding errors and erratic pitching allowed the Pioneers an opportunity to take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Two wild pitches, one passed ball and one hit batsman contributed to the rough first inning for the Student Princes -- who appeared to be on the ropes.

The outlook for Heidelberg was smoky, but holes began to appear in the third -- despite lining into a double play. With two outs, Kane Bateman singled to left and moved to second on a passed ball. He scored when Kyle Jenkins shot a single to right.

In the fourth, Fronk and Marc Ochoa drew walks to start. Keaton Mark drove in a run with a single down the line in right. Eric Devore drew a walk, which loaded the bases. After a pitching change, Zach Doran drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch, forcing in the tying run. HU took their first lead of the day as a run crossed on a 4-6-3 double play.

Though the promising inning yielded only three runs, the Student Princes appeared to be bolstered by the 4-3 advantage. In the next inning, Matt Psychas singled and advanced to third on a hit by Fronk, who tallied three hits on the day. Ochoa picked up an RBI, hitting into a fielder's choice that plated Psychas.

Starter Alex Sir Louis (3-1) limited the Pioneers following their first-inning flurry after which no Marietta player would reach second base until the sixth. There, he stranded two runners in scoring position, getting a pop out to end the inning. The senior threw six innings and allowed three runs, all unearned. He scattered five hits and struck out six.

A double by Mark in the seventh plated an insurance run, as Ochoa raced home. Heidelberg added another in the eighth on a base hit by Bateman. He drove in Doran, who had doubled and moved to third on a bunt single by Tyler Smith.

Brady Knizner worked two innings in relief of Sir Louis. He allowed one run on one hit.

Closer Joey Wenning earned his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Despite a hit and a walk, Wenning got the final out at home as the base runner tried to score on a would-be wild pitch.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

Fronk collected his 100th career hit with his 9th-inning single in the first game.

Through 19 games, Heidelberg is 14-0 when collecting 10+ hits … and 0-5 when failing to do so.

UP NEXT:
Heidelberg hosts Thomas More College (7-10) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Note -- Wednesday's game against La Roche has been moved to May 1.