NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University softball team settled for a split on the road against Muskingum on Thursday. The Student Princes worked for an early lead and never trailed in the opener before a walk-off home run gave the Muskies a 2-1 win in game two.
With the split, Heidelberg moved to 18-6 (5-3 OAC) while Muskingum goes to 12-16 (4-4 OAC).
Mikaela Mitsch: 4-for-8, 4 RBI
Marissa Smego: 4-for-8, 2 RBI
GAME ONE: Bailey Smith led off the eventful first inning with a walk. She moved to second on a wild pitch before stealing third. She trotted home on an RBI single up the middle by Marissa Smego. Smego scored on a double to right center off the bat of Mikaela Mitsch, who advanced to third on the throw. She would score on a sacrifice fly to center by Kayla Zachrich.
Down 3-0, the Muskies answered with a pair in the home half of the frame. Jessica Matthews hit a two-out two-run double to left center off of Paige Atterholt.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Heidelberg added to their lead when RBIs from Smego and Mitsch, as well as a run scored on a passed ball gave the Berg a 6-2 edge.
Once again, however, Muskingum had a response in the bottom of the inning, scoring a pair to cut the Berg lead down to 6-4.
The Muskies threatened to tie the game up in the bottom of the fifth, scoring one before Bailey Smith gunned out a runner at the plate, preserving a 6-5 lead for Heidelberg.
The Student Princes capitalized on that momentum in the top of the sixth when Mitsch struck yet again, this time driving a two-run single through the left side to put the Berg back out to an 8-5 advantage.
Muskingum was able to get one run back on a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth, but that was all the more damage that was done, as the Berg held on for an 8-6 victory.
Paige Atterholt picked up her 10th win of the season in the circle with the complete-game victory.
GAME TWO: Early on, both teams had opportunities to score that they were unable to capitalize, leaving the ballgame scoreless.
In the top of the first, three consecutive singles loaded the bases with one out for the Berg, but Muskingum was able to work out of the jam with a fielder's choice and lineout.
Following that up in the bottom of the first, the Muskies loaded the bases with two outs on three-straight walks, but a strikeout by Erin Chapman ended the inning.
Heidelberg opened the scoring in the top of the third inning when a two-out RBI single by Renee Lovett gave HU a 1-0 lead.
Muskingum answered quickly though, plating one in the bottom of the frame to tie up the game.
That score held all the way to the final inning, as neither team was able to get much going on offense until a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the seventh gave Muskingum the walk-off victory.
Erin Chapman (7-3) took the loss despite throwing 6.2 innings and allowing just three hits while striking out seven.
Heidelberg makes another long bus trip down to Marietta on Saturday for an OAC twinbill with the Pioneers. Gametime is slated for 1 p.m.