Softball pummels, pitches its way to 6-0

Softball pummels, pitches its way to 6-0

CLERMONT, Fla. – On the third day of the Florida trip, the No. 14 Heidelberg University softball team stuck to the script from the first two days – win big in the first game, scratch and claw for a victory in game two. With a 15-1 run-rule win over Westfield State and a 2-1 win over Anderson University, the Student Princes improved to 6-0 on the season.

STANDOUT STATS



GAME ONE: Heidelberg 15 Westfield State 1 (Five Innings)

The Student Princes attacked at the onset. After Bailey Smith singled to center, Smego belted her second career home run. Mitsch followed with a double, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a Zachrich single. Later in the inning, Lisa Simmons hit a two-run single, scoring Taylor Hicks and Kaitlyn Keys. Patel capped the scoring with a single down the line in left, plating Simmons. In total, it was a six-run first.

Starter Paige Atterholt (3-0) allowed a run in the first, but breezed through the next two frames before giving way to sophomore Abbie Finnell. Finnell didn't allow a run in her two innings of work.

Not content with a 6-1 lead, Heidelberg tacked on runs in every inning but the fourth. In the second, Zachrich hit a two-run homer. In the third, it was a two-run double by Patel and an RBI groundout by Smego.

In the fifth, Catalano had an RBI single before Zachrich hit an RBI double. With the bases loaded, Hicks pulled a two-single single through the right side.

GAME TWO: Heidelberg 2 Anderson 1

What looked to be one of the best games of the week lived up to the hype. Both regional qualifiers a season ago, Heidelberg and Anderson played nearly identically – great pitching, opportunistic offense.

Anderson dealt Heidelberg its first deficit of the season by manufacturing an unearned run off of Chapman in the second.

Heidelberg responded in the third with a pair of unearned runs off of Hannah Belvo. It started with a single by Catalano, HU's first of the game. Renee Lovett laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached on a throwing error by the Ravens catcher. A wild pitch plated Catalano from third and moved Lovett to third. A fielding error by the third baseman allowed Lovett to score easily.

The 2-1 lead was enough for Chapman. Anderson threatened in the third and the fifth, but the Tricolor defense picked her up. After a leadoff double in the third, the first baseman Smego made a diving grab on a line drive bunt. Hicks followed with a diving grab of a sinking liner in center field. In the fifth, Mitsch threw out a would-be base stealer to end the inning. Chapman retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

Heidelberg is off to its best start since the 2011 team also began 6-0.

The JV team beat Cuyahoga Community College on Tuesday to improve to 2-0.

QUOTES FROM THE COACH

Heidelberg head coach Betsy Hada on the performance by Chapman: "We saw the classic Erin Chapman today. She was aggressive in the zone and hit her spots. Erin and Train (Mitsch) were locked in and called all the right pitches."

Hada on being 6-0: "We really want our girls to remain focused on each game, each inning, each at bat and each pitch. I think we've done a great job of that. Everyone is contributing in their own way. It's been a great start to the trip."

UP NEXT

Heidelberg has Wednesday off before getting back to it on Thursday. The Student Princes face UW – River Falls and Kalamazoo at the Foundation Academy, starting at 3 p.m.