CLERMONT, Fla. – With the Florida wind blowing in at the stadium field at the National Training Complex, the No. 14 Heidelberg University softball team doubled their way to another sweep. A 13-0 run-rule victory over Concordia (Wis.) and a 4-2 win over Frostburg State, the Student Princes moved to 4-0 on the season.
- Marissa Smego – 5-for-7, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 3 runs
- Kayla Zachrich – 4-for-7, 2 doubles, 3 RBI
- Mikaela Mitsch – 3-for-6, 1 double, 1 RBI
- Abbey McKee – 3-for-8, 2 doubles, 5 RBI
- Morgan Daniels – 5 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, CG in first collegiate start
- Paige Atterholt – 7 IP, 2 runs (1 earned), CG
GAME ONE: Heidelberg 13 Concordia (Wis.) 0
Heidelberg plated a run in the bottom of the first on a single by Zachrich that plated Smego.
In the second, Lisa Simmons bounced a single up the middle and moved to second when Taylor Hicks walked in a nine-pitch at bat. Smego, McKee and Zachrich roped doubles to the gaps as HU scored four times.
Daniels ran into a bit of trouble in the third when a walk and a double put Falcons on second and third with one out. Making her first collegiate start at third base, Randi Kelsey made a great stab on a hard hit grounder down the line, looked the runner back and fired to first for the out. Daniels then induced a fly out to preserve the shutout.
Boosted by the stellar defense, Heidelberg sent 11 to the plate and scored a touchdown in the bottom of the frame – all with two outs. Simmons walked, Hicks singled, Smego singled, and Mitsch singled. With the bases loaded and a run already in, McKee doubled to the wall in left, which cleared the bases. Zachrich greeted a new Falcon pitcher with a double to deep center. After Bailey Smith was plunked in the arm with a fastball, Kelsey singled to right. The inning ended on the basepaths, as a delayed steal allowed Smith to cross the plate before Kelsey was called out.
As Heidelberg head coach Betsy Hada began to sub in hitters, the Student Princes added another run for good measure.
Daniels (1-0) was sharp throughout, as the Falcons were only able to get a runner in scoring position in that third inning. Solid defense helped, as right fielder Haylee Patel and center fielder Hicks made fantastic grabs.
GAME TWO: Heidelberg 4 Frostburg State 2
Batting as the visitors, the Tricolor took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Kelsey singled to right, stole second and moved to third on a single by catcher Kaitlin Keys. Kelsey scored on a bunt single by speedy Renee Lovett. Keys came home on a sacrifice fly by Smith.
Atterholt gave up a run in the second and an unearned run in the fourth as the Bobcats tied the game.
Still tied in the sixth, Mitsch led off with a double to left center. With Riley Brown pinch running, McKee singled up the middle and moved to second on the futile throw home to try to nab the fleet-footed Brown. With the bases loaded, Keys flared a basehit into right center, plating pinch runner Abby Barno.
Up 4-2, Heidelberg left the bases loaded, but Atterholt (2-0) continued her solid outing by allowing just one hit over the final two innings.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH
Hada on the outing by Daniels: "Morgan threw great ... She followed the scouting report and trusted in her defense."
Hada on the offensive explosion in game one: "We had a great approach at the plate, looking to hit line drives ... It was contagious."
Hada on grinding out the win in game two: "Frostburg is a really good, fundamentally sound team ... I was happy to see us stay patient at the plate. Wins like that help teams build character."
Heidelberg returns to action on Tuesday with a pair of games at the National Training Center. HU opens with Westfield State at 9 a.m., then battles 2015 NCAA Regional qualifier Anderson University at 11 a.m. Junior varsity takes on Cuyahoga Community College at 1 p.m.