SB: Student Princes drop two to Marietta

Photos courtesy of Kammie Memmer
Photos courtesy of Kammie Memmer

TIFFIN, Ohio -- On makeup Monday, the Heidelberg University softball team dropped a twinbill to Marietta College by scores of 4-0 and 6-5 at Frann's Field.

With the pair of losses, Heidelberg drops to 6-10, 1-3 in conference. The Pioneers improved their record to 13-9 and 2-2 in OAC play.

Kennedy Conney paced the Berg offense with four hits and two RBIs on the afternoon. Casey Moore also connected for four hits, while Joanna Catalano collected a pair of hits that contributed three RBIs.

GAME ONE: MARIETTA - 4, HEIDELBERG - 0

Marietta got to Berg starter Stephanie Drapp (5-2) early in the first inning for four hits, a walk and a hit by pitch to plate all four of the game's runs. A single by Alyssa Cook proved to be the breakthrough as her hit up the gut scored Britnee Kail to set up the inning for the Pioneers.

Drapp settled down and held Marietta scoreless for the remainder of the game and allowed just five more hits.

Maddi Liston (5-3) held the Berg offense in check for the majority of play. Kennedy Conney's single through the left side in the bottom of the second yielded Heidelberg's first hit of the day.

During the somewhat stagnant day at the plate in game one, the Student Princes did pose their greatest threat in the sixth inning. With two outs, Joanna Catalano and Casey Moore connected on back-to-back singles before Bailee Faulkner reached on a fielding error to load the bases. Unfortunately, a quality defensive play by Marietta ended the inning.

Drapp was responsible for the nine hits and four earned runs, but punched out six batters.

GAME TWO: MARIETTA - 6, HEIDELBERG - 5 (8 innings)

In a game of alternating offense, the visitors once again emerged with the win. This time, the decisive run came in the top of the eighth off Berg reliever, Morgan Daniels (0-7).

A shallow pop up by Catalano was able to score the speedy Kat Brady from third in the bottom of the first to start Heidelberg's scoring on the day. Unfortunately, Marietta responded with a pair of doubles in the top of the second off starter Kaitlyn Moore to take the lead.

In the bottom of the third, Conney delivered with a single up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs. The base-knock scored Bethany Redman and Brady to gift the lead back to the hosts.

Marietta got scored another pair of runs in the fourth to get the momentum back, but a home run by Erin Miller in the top of the sixth looked to give the Pioneers all they needed to escape with the second win.

In the seventh, the Student Princes rallied. Leah Bouillon and Brady started the rally with two singles to start the inning. With one out, Catalano stepped to the plate and unleashed a double down the left-field line that was good enough to score both Bouillon and Brady to tie the game at five.

After the Berg forced extras, Reagan Tom led off the eighth with a single for Marietta and was advanced to second on a sac bunt. With two outs, Hannah Richardson delivered the knock-out blow as her single to right center score Tom from second.

A 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half sealed the Pioneers' sweep. Jackie Mulvain (4-4) earned the win in relief for Marietta.

Daniels and Moore combined for seven strikeouts in game two for the Berg pitching staff.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

Drapp's six strikeouts set a new career-high for the freshman right-hander.

The pair of losses marked the first time since April 19, 2018 vs. Baldwin Wallace that the Student Princes were on the wrong end of a doubleheader sweep.

Casey Moore's .511 batting average sits her third overall in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

FOR THE OPPONENT:

Erin Miller collected four hits and five RBIs, including a home run in game two that paced the Pioneers. Jackie Mulvain and Maddi Liston earned wins on the pitching rubber in the doubleheader.

UP NEXT:

Heidelberg will hit the road for back-to-back conference doubleheaders. First on Tuesday, the Berg will travel to Capital University for a 3 and 5 p.m. start time. Next, the Student Princes trek to Otterbein on Saturday for a 1 and 3 p.m. first pitch.