SB walks off, splits in home opener

(Brennan Izzo / Heidelberg Athletics)
(Brennan Izzo / Heidelberg Athletics)

TIFFIN -- It was a tale of seventh innings. In game one, the Heidelberg University softball team won in dramatic fashion with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh, defeating Defiance College 4-2. In game two, Defiance broke a tie with a 4-spot in the top of the seventh to win the nightcap 7-3.

With the split, HU sits at 7-5 this season while the Yellow Jackets move to 5-7.

Casey Moore and Haylee Patel paced the Berg offense with three hits each.

GAME ONE: Heidelberg 4 Defiance 2

The Yellow Jackets got on the board first in game one. After a walk and a sacrifice bunt, Kaity Kuhn singled home Jordan Osborne for a 1-0 lead in the third.

Defiance loaded the bases with two outs in the inning, but starter Erin Chapman fired a strikeout to eliminate the chance at more damage.

The Heidelberg bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth when Casey Moore led off the inning with a bloop single to right field. Kaitlyn Moore beat out her sacrifice bunt attempt to put runners at first and second with no outs.

Following a strikeout, back-to-back passed balls allowed Casey Moore to score and put Kaitlyn Moore on third. Sophomore Joanna Catalano hit a screaming line drive to left center field to bring home Kaitlyn Moore and give the Berg a 2-1 lead.

Megan Warren led off the top of the seventh with a single for Defiance. She was brought home on a triple to right centerfield by freshman Brooke Gostomsky.

Sydni Smith came in to relieve DC starter Sarah Kaya where she recorded the first two outs of the inning. Chapman reached on an error by the shortstop to give cleanup hitter Casey Moore an at bat.

On a 3-2 pitch, Moore sent a laser line drive over the left field fence to give the Student Princes a win in their first game at Frann's Field this season.

Chapman struck out seven over seven innings of work to improve to 4-1 in her senior campaign.

GAME TWO: Defiance 7 Heidelberg 3

Ready to answer following the dramatic game one finish, the Yellow Jackets plated two in the top of the first inning. Osborne singled to lead off the game and was moved over via sac bunt. Megan Warren sent a double to left center to plate Osborne and later scored on a wild pitch.

The Student Princes evened the score in the second. Catalano, Randi Kelsey, and Christine Bowling all reached to load the bases for senior Taylor Hicks. Hicks, who was 0 for her last 13 at bats, including game one, broke out of the slump slapping a line drive to left field to score Catalano.

Junior Renee Lovett followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, where Kelsey scored on the play, but Bowling was thrown out trying to advance to end the inning.

Chapman led off the third with a single up the middle. Kaitlyn Moore walked and Haylee Patel singled to load the bases for Catalano. Catalano hit a bouncer to the third baseman, who stepped on the bag for the fielder's choice. Chapman scored on the play for a 3-2 Tricolor advantage.

Emily Denhard led off the fifth inning with a triple down the right field line. She was brought home on a single from Osborne to knot the score at 3. Osborne led the Yellow Jackets going 4 for 5 on the day with three walks.

Defiance scored four unanswered runs in the top of the seventh inning. The Yellow Jackets brought eight hitters to the plate where they had five hits, including two doubles.

Starting pitcher Kaitlyn Moore struck out nine over 6.2 innings.

EXTRA BASES

The Defiance defense made a number of spectacular plays in the field to keep Heidelberg off the basepaths.

With singles in both games, Kaitlyn Moore extended her hitting streak to 11 games.

"Frann's Field Magic" -- Since its opening in 2015, the Student Princes have won 15 games on a walkoff, including today's dramatic home run.

UP NEXT

HU will host Bluffton University (7-3) on Tuesday for a non-conference double header. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Schedule changes can be followed all season long at BergAthletics.com.