TIFFIN -- Alex Sir Louis threw a complete game six-hitter to help the Heidelberg University baseball team salvage a split on a picturesque Saturday at Peaceful Valley. Otterbein University won the opener, 11-8, before Sir Louis and the Student Princes won the nightcap, 6-1. Marc Ochoa had five hits on the day, including a majestic two-run home run.
Heidelberg and Otterbein move to 4-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Overall, HU moved to 16-7 while the Cardinals went to 12-9.
GAME ONE: Otterbein 11 Heidelberg 8
Berg starter, Trevor Adkins (2-4) dealt with control issues in the first inning as he walked a pair and hit a batter to load the bases. With two outs, Tim Snyder hit a triple to the right center gap to clear the bases and give Otterbein the early lead.
The Berg did battle back to even the score after one. After Kyle Jenkins singled to center, a double down the left field line by Matt Psychas got them on the board. Marc Ochoa then delivered the tying scores with a two-run blast over the left field wall.
The game quickly got away from Adkins as a two-run homer in the third, followed by a four-run fourth inning surrendered the lead for good.
Heidelberg did battle back with a trio of runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Psychas picked up his second RBI on a fielder's choice before a fielding error by the Cardinals' second baseman led to the other two runs.
The Cardinals tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the fifth off reliever Tristan Phillips.
Adkins was hit with the loss, while Johnny Putnam (3-1) picked up the win out of the visitor dugout.
Heidelberg did out hit Otterbein 16-11, but could not find the deciding runs.
GAME TWO: Heidelberg 6 Otterbein 1
Sir Louis retired nine in a row on two separate occasions -- getting the aggressive Cardinals to swing early in at bats. He threw a complete game -- the first of his career. He allowed six hits and gave up two walks.
Heidelberg took the lead in the bottom of the second. Ochoa singled, then sprinted home on a double into the left field corner by Eric Devore.
In the sixth, Bateman was hit by a pitch and Jenkins walked. With two outs, Ochoa singled up the gut -- plating Bateman.
The Cardinals got to Sir Louis in the seventh. A bases loaded sacrifice fly drove in the lone run of the game.
Thirsty for an insurance run, Heidelberg managed to score four times in the bottom of the eighth. Robert Hunt walked, then moved to second on a bunt base hit by Bateman. Jenkins dumped a single into shallow right, loading the bases. Matt Psychas was hit in the foot, driving in Hunt. Devore delivered a two-run single to right, driving in Bateman and Jenkins. Tyler Smith drove in the final run with a base hit to center.
FOR THE OPPONENTS:
Tim Snyder drove in five runs on the day … Game two starter Evan Doty threw seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
Entering the day, Heidelberg was 15-0 when notching 10+ hits, and 0-6 when failing to do so. On Saturday, the script was flipped -- as HU lost with 16 hits in the opener and won with eight hits in the nightcap.
The Sir Louis complete game was the first nine-inning complete game for Heidelberg since Cameron Deemer shut out Ohio Northern on April 22, 2017
Heidelberg will stay within conference and travel to University Heights on Tuesday, April 9 as they will face off against John Carroll University. First pitch of the matinee is scheduled for 1 p.m.