Strong second inning helps SB salvage split

(Brennan Izzo / Berg Athletics)
(Brennan Izzo / Berg Athletics)

TIFFIN -- Big second innings helped and hurt the Heidelberg University softball team as it split a pair of games with Adrian College on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs scored six runs in the second inning of game one to take the contest, 7-6. The Berg plated four in the second inning of the nightcap to salvage the split by a score of 5-0.

With the split, Heidelberg moves to 14-8 this season while the Bulldogs slip to 3-15.

STANDOUTS

Kaitlyn Moore -- 7 IP, 10 Ks, 4 for 5, HR, 2 2B

Randi Kelsey -- 4 for 7, RBI

Renee Lovett & Casey Moore -- three hits each, combined for 4 RBI

GAME ONE: Adrian 7 Heidelberg 6

The Bulldogs put up an impressive 6-spot in the top of the second inning. Taylor Van'T Land led off the inning with a double to right center. The next hitter attempter to sac bunt, but beat the throw to first. She was followed by another bunt single to load the bases with no outs.

After a hit by pitch to bring home the first run, a 2-RBI single from Jaime Lightner plated two more runs for the Bulldogs. The next play, Adrian pushed across a run off a fielding error on a safety squeeze bunt attempt. The scoring was capped with a two-run double down the left field line.

HU responded in the bottom of the inning when Kelsey singled home Kaitlyn Moore. Kelsey scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by senior Taylor Hicks.

The Student Princes kept scratching runs across and cutting into the Adrian lead. Kaitlyn Moore led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a homerun to left centerfield. The blast was the freshman's third of the season, cutting the AC lead to 6-3.

A sacrifice fly in the fifth gave the Bulldogs their seventh run of the game.

Freshman Shelby Miller bounced a hard grounder that hit the second baseman's glove and into right field. Kaitlyn Moore scored on the play to cut the HU deficit to two runs

Junior Renee Lovett scored Kelsey and Leah Bouillon with a dribbler up the middle to bring the Berg to within one run. Adrian retired the next two HU hitters to end the inning.

The Student Princes were able to get the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh, but two strikeouts and a flyout gave Adrian the game one win.

GAME TWO: Heidelberg 5 Adrian 0

Another spectacular day on the mound for Kaitlyn Moore helped the Student Princes salvage a split in game two. Just a day following a two-hit performance, the freshman allowed just two hits in seven innings while striking out ten hitters.

Casey Moore helped her sister's cause in the circle with an RBI single in the bottom of the first to give Heidelberg an early 1-0 lead.

Kaitlyn Moore led off the bottom of the second with a double down the left field line. Kelsey attempted to sacrifice bunt, but the ball hugged the line to stay fair, leaving runners at the corners with no outs.

After Kelsey stole second, Joanna Catalano scored Moore with a groundout to short and Bouillon was plunked to put runners at the corners again for HU. Hicks laid a beautiful suicide bunt between the third baseman and the pitcher's circle to score Kelsey.

Lovett followed with a single through the right side to plate Bouillon. The scoring was capped off with an RBI groundout from Erin Chapman.

EXTRA BASES

The two hits Kaitlyn Moore gave up were the only base runners in game two for Adrian. She threw 61 pitches -- 45 strikes. The freshman improves to 7-3 this season and picks up her third shutout.

The Moore sisters have combined for 22 extra base hits for the Berg this season. Both also have a slugging percentage well over .600.

UP NEXT

The Berg travels to Capital (15-7, 3-1) on Wednesday for an OAC doubleheader. First pitch in Bexley is scheduled for 3 p.m.