SB: Student Princes wrap up Florida trip with split

SB: Student Princes wrap up Florida trip with split

PLANT CITY, Fla. -- On the final day of play at the Randy Larson Complex in Florida, the Heidelberg University softball team earned their third split decision of the week.

In game on, the Student Princes (3-5) defeated Emerson College (Mass.) by a final score of 7-4. Shortly after, in game two, the Berg was held scoreless and fell to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.) by a tally of 5-0.

Day Highlights:

Bethany Redman, hitting as the designated player, went a combined 4-for-6 at the plate and scored two runs in game one.

Raye Hammond and Kennedy Conney each collected two hits and combined for three RBI's on the day.

Freshmen Sami Griffith and Maddie Gossard collected their first collegiate hits on doubles in game one. Griffith's came with runners on first and second and was good enough to plate both runners.

Game One: Heidelberg - 7, Emerson - 4

The Berg put together one of their most complete games of the season on Friday morning by scoring at least one run in all but one inning vs. the Lions of Emerson (4-3).

In the bottom of the first inning, Kat Brady reached on a well-placed single to second base and was sacrificed to second by Shelby Miller. Next, Casey Moore -- who loves free bases -- walked for the fifth time this season. Hammond followed with a line drive double down the left field line to score both Brady and Moore.

In the top of the second, Emerson plated a pair of runs after benefitting from a Berg fielding error. In the home half of the inning, Conney drove home Redman with a line drive single to left center to retake the lead.

The third inning was the Berg's turn to benefit from an error as Moore reached second on a throwing error by the Lions. In scoring position, Moore was able to find home plate after Bailee Faulkner laced a single into left field.

Continuing in the fourth, Heidelberg got aggressive on the bases. Pinch runner, Abby Barno advanced to third on Miller's single, before Joanna Catalano attempted a squeeze bunt. Barno, beat the ball down the line and score safely on the sacrifice play.

The scoring continued in the the fifth as pinch hitters played a big role. With two on and two outs, Sami Griffith stepped to the plate and smacked a 1-2 pitch to the fence in left center to score both Redman and Becca Radabaugh.

The Berg's offense had played their part for the day, scoring seven runs off the Lions -- their most of the season. With Emerson looking to mount a comeback in the sixth, Maddie Curtner made a tough diving catch on the left field line to save a run from scoring from third base. The play ended the inning and sent the Berg to the seventh ahead 7-2.

Grace Fillinger came on to close the game out in the pitching circle, After walking two, a dropped pop fly led to two more runs for Emerson, but Fillinger (2 Sv.) got Lexi Semanchik to ground out for the final out.

Stephanie Drapp earned the win for the Berg. Drapp (3-1) lasted six innings and allowed just three hits for two runs (one earned), and struckout two. Drapp painted the strike zone with belly burning pitches all game as 66% of her tosses crossed the plate for strikes.

Game Two: WPI - 5, Heidelberg - 0

Untimely defensive errors and a cold game at the plate cost the Berg in game two. In all, the Student Princes committed three errors and collected just three hits.

Mackenzie Phillips (2-2) pitched all seven innings for the Goats and struckout eight Heidelberg batters.

Morgan Daniels (0-4) toed the rubber for the Berg and allowed just five hits. Unfortunately, a walk and the three defensive errors led to a five run showing for WPI. Daniels was credited with two earned runs over six innings of work.

After a leadoff single by Brady to start the game, the Berg failed to find another hit until the seventh inning. Moore drilled a double to the fence in left and Redman followed with a shot back up the middle to put runners at the corners.

Unfortunately, the Berg's hopes for a two-out rally were cut short on a groundout to short.

Up Next:

The Student Princes will return home back to Ohio on Wednesday March 20 for a home doubleheader against Defiance College. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.