SB swept, Chapman takes strikeout crown

(Kayela Tidrick / Heidelberg Athletics)
(Kayela Tidrick / Heidelberg Athletics)

Clermont, Fla. -- Late innings proved to be the backbreaker for the Heidelberg University softball team as they dropped their final two games of their Florida trip. HU lost to Misericordia and Haverford, 6-5 and 8-6.

Heidelberg's opponents scored 12 of their 14 runs in the fifth inning or later.

With a strikeout in the fifth inning of game one, senior Erin Chapman became the all-time leader in strikeouts at the Berg. Chapman broke Lexie Pinkleman's record of 202 strikeouts set in 2012.

The Student Princes close out their Florida trip with a 6-4 record.

KEY STATS

Haylee Patel: 4 for 6, 3B, 4 RBI

Kaitlyn Moore: 4 for 7, 4 1B

Casey Moore: 4 for 8, 2 2B, HR

Randi Kelsey: 2 for 5, 2 2B, 2 RBI

GAME ONE: Misericordia 6 Heidelberg 5

The Cougars struck first scoring a run in the top of the second with a single up the middle.

Batting as the home team, Heidelberg answered by plating four runs in the bottom of the frame. Freshman Casey Moore stayed hot at the plate leading off the inning with a no-doubt home run to right centerfield.

Kaitlyn Moore followed with a single up the middle. After a sacrifice bunt by Joanna Catalano, Patel drilled a triple to right, scoring Moore.

The Berg kept stringing hits together with a double by Kelsey to drive in Patel. Kelsey advanced to third on a wild pitch, and was brought in by a groundout by Bailey Smith to cap off the powerful inning.

Misericordia started the fifth inning with back to back singles. A sacrifice bunt pushed the runners up 60 feet. With first base open, MU cleanup hitter Melanie Quintanilla drew a walk and loaded the bases with two outs for Lori Brennan. Brennan launched a grand slam to right center, taking the momentum away from HU.

Patel's single in the bottom of the sixth tied the game at 5. The hit was set up by a Kaitlyn Moore single and another beautiful sac bunt from Catalano.

The Cougars led off the seventh with a double to left centerfield. A sacrifice bunt pushed the runner to third. Quintanilla poked a single through the left side for the go-ahead run.

The Berg put the tying run on base in the bottom of the inning, but could not move the runner.

GAME TWO: Haverford 8 Heidelberg 6

A 1-0 deficit was quickly erased by the Student Princes. Casey Moore led off the second with a bloop single to center and was followed by a bunt single from Kaitlyn Moore.

Catalano walked to load the bases for Patel with no outs. The junior delivered with a line drive up the middle to bring in the Moore sisters. Kelsey roped a double to left center to plate Patel and Catalano.

A sacrifice bunt by Christine Bowling pushed Kelsey to third with one out. Senior Taylor Hicks grounded out to short, scoring Kelsey on the play.

Haverford threatened in the bottom of the fifth. After the first two hitters reached, Kaitlyn Moore escaped the jam with a shallow fly ball to center, a foul out and a groundout.

The Fords scored seven runs in the sixth inning. Haverford hit three two-baggers in the frame combined with two Heidelberg errors. The innings was capped off with a 2-RBI single from Temma Levis.

The Student Princes threatened in the top of the seventh. Abbey McKee led off the inning with a walk. A groundout advanced runner Bowling to second with one out. Renee Lovett slapped a dribbler up the first base line and beat the throw to put runners at the corners with one out. 

Chapman continued her impressive senior campaign with a single up the middle to score Bowling. Haverford pitcher Temma Levis induced two fly outs to escape further damage.

Morgan Daniels (1-1) took the loss. Starter Kaitlyn Moore recorded five strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.

UP NEXT

The Student Princes will return up north for a non-conference matchup at Defiance College. Games on Mar. 15 are scheduled for 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.