Softball blanks CAP twice, walks off with sweep

Softball blanks CAP twice, walks off with sweep

TIFFIN -- The No. 24 Heidelberg University softball team had plenty of time to regroup. After falling twice to Mount Union on April 2, the Student Princes were forced into an 11-day hiatus thanks to Mother Nature. On Tuesday, HU responded by blanking Capital University in both halves on an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader -- walking off with a 1-0 win in the opener and hanging on for a 2-0 win in the nightcap.

With the sweep, Heidelberg improved to 17-5 on the season, 4-2 in OAC play. Capital slipped to 13-11, 4-2 OAC.

STANDOUT STATS



GAME ONE: Heidelberg 1 Capital 0

Heidelberg's offensive excitement started with bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Taylor Hicks and Bailey Smith hit singles, putting a runner in scoring position. Marissa Smego followed with a bouncing single up the middle, plating Hicks for the game-winner.

Paige Atterholt was superb in the circle for the Student Princes. She went the distance, allowing just five hits.

GAME TWO: Heidelberg 2 Capital 0

The Student Princes pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the third. With runners on first and second, Smith smashed a single past the third baseman. The ball was mishandled in left, which allowed Haylee Patel to score an unearned run.

Heidelberg added another run in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Smego lifted a ball into right center field, which allowed Patel to score again.

Capital threatened in the sixth against game two starter Erin Chapman. With two on and two out, Katie Hurst hit a comebacker off of Chapman to load the bases. Unfazed, Chapman got pinch hitter Kristen Mellott to pop up to Renee Lovett to end the threat.

The Crusaders knocked on the door again the seventh, with runners on second and third and one out. A strikeout and a flyout later, Chapman and the Student Princes emerged unscathed.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

Heidelberg remains unbeaten in the regular season at Frann's Field -- now 18-0.

QUOTES FROM THE COACH

Head coach Betsy Hada on the day: "I thought Paige and Erin were dialed in from the start ... They did a great job hitting spots and I thought our defense backed them up well. We did just enough at the plate to put a couple of runs across."

Hada on the team's response to being swept at Mount Union: "In those games, we failed offensively and defensively at critical points. Today, we stepped up in those moments, which is why we came away with two wins over a very good Capital team."

UP NEXT

Heidelberg returns to the diamond on Thursday for an OAC doubleheader at Muskingum. Game one is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.