GRANVILLE, Ohio – The No. 17 Heidelberg University softball team split a non-conference doubleheader at Denison University on Wednesday, falling 7-6 in the first game and rebounding for an 8-2 win in the nightcap.
With the split, Heidelberg moved to 15-3 on the season. Denison stands at 9-9.
- Bailey Smith: 4-for-7, 2 runs, 2 walks, 1 RBI
- Marissa Smego: 3-for-6, 2 runs, 2 doubles, 1 RBI
- Abbey McKee: 2-for-7, 5 RBI, 1 HR
GAME ONE: Denison 7, Heidelberg 6
The Big Red jumped out to a 4-0 through two innings thanks in large part to a pair of home runs.
Heidelberg climbed back into the game with a three-run homer in the third by Abbey McKee, her third of the year.
With two outs and bases loaded on the bottom of the third, HU starter Erin Chapman allowed a two-run double.
Down 6-3 in the fourth, Heidelberg cut into the deficit with a run. Randi Kelsey walked and stole second. With two outs, Bailey Smith singled down the line in left. Kelsey scored on an interference call.
In the top of the sixth, Smith started a two-out rally with a single to shallow center. Marissa Smego followed with an RBI double to right center. Pinch runner Abby Barno scored the equalizer on a line drive single to right by Mikaela Mitsch.
Denison scratched across a run in the bottom of the sixth off of reliever Paige Atterholt (7-1), which would be the difference in the game.
GAME TWO: Heidelberg 8, Denison 2
Heidelberg wasted no time in the nightcap, plating four in the first. With one out and Smego on second, Mitsch sent a single up the gut for an RBI. After walks to Kayla Zachrich and McKee loaded the bases, Kaitlin Keys doubled to left center, scoring a pair. An RBI ground out by Renee Lovett brought in the final run of the inning.
Up 4-0 in the fifth, Heidelberg scored again on a two-out basehit by Taylor Hicks. In the bottom of the frame, Denison got on the board with a two-run homer down the left field line.
Undaunted, the Tricolor scored three times in the sixth. Singles by seniors Smego and Mitsch set the table. Zachrich singled home pinch runner Randi Kelsey. McKee followed with a single that scored two.
Aside from the home run, Denison struggled against Atterholt (8-1) in the second game. She allowed five hits and one walk over seven innings, fanning five.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Mitsch has a hit in 17 of 18 games this season, including 12 straight. Her only hitless game was against Anderson, when she was 0-for-1 with two walks. Extending back to last season, Mitsch has hits in 25 of her last 26 game and 40 of her last 42 games.
Mitsch now holds the career record for runs batted in, passing Jadie Wheeler's 123 from 1996-99.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH
Heidelberg head coach Betsy Hada on the split: "Obviously, we didn't get the result we wanted in game one. I liked out tenacity in fighting back to tie it up, but we didn't see it all the way through. In game two, we came in with the right attitude. Instead of lamenting the loss in game one, we took charge right away."
Heidelberg visits Mount Union on Saturday for an OAC doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m.