SB: Berg sweeps Capital on marathon day

File photos by Doug Sampson
File photos by Doug Sampson

BEXLEY, Ohio -- After over five hours of softball, the Heidelberg University softball team emerged with a two-game sweep of conference opponent Capital University.

In game one, the Berg (8-10, 3-3 OAC) needed 12 innings, but escaped with a 5-4 win. In game two, Heidelberg left it late and dropped the Crusaders (7-15, 1-3) 8-3 in the top of the seventh as the game was called due to darkness.

On the day, many Student Princes reached base safely, multiple times. Leah Bouillon and Kat Brady each hit safely a combined five times, while Brooke Lewis and Bailee Faulkner each slugged home runs to pace the Berg offense.

GAME ONE: HEIDELBERG - 5, CAPITAL - 4 (12 innings)

In a game that featured a combined 32 hits, the Student Princes once again found the answer deep into extra innings against a conference foe. After previously defeating Ohio Northern in the 11th inning on the road, The Berg stole game one on a RBI single by Bethany Redman in the top of the 12th.

The Crusaders got on the board first using a pair of singles sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt to plate the first run in the bottom of the first.

Heidelberg responded swiftly with a run in the top half of the second as starting pitcher Stephanie Drapp helped her own cause with an RBI single that scored Kennedy Conney from second base.

From there, both Capital starter, Brianna Reardon and Drapp pitched near flawless innings as the game cruised to the seventh inning with zeros on the board.

In the seventh, Heidelberg looked to take control. Drapp once again got on base with a single before Bailee Faulkner stepped to the plate. The catcher smacked a 2-run blast to left center for her first home run in a Berg uniform. Shelby Miller kept the momentum going as her single up the middle scored Leah Bouillon who had previously reached on a single to left.

In the bottom half of the seventh, Capital responded with three runs of their own to force extras. Haley Grau knocked home a pair on a double to right center before Morgan Fadel also plated a run with her double to left field.

In the eighth, Morgan Daniels came in a worked a scoreless three innings. The senior managed five strikeouts, with her biggest coming on a 10-pitch at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend the contest.

As the game worked to the 12th, Casey Moore walked to start the inning before Kennedy Conney hit a single to center field to set up Redman. The DP came through finding the left field line to score Moore from second.

Kaitlyn Moore, who had entered in relief in the 11th picked up the win and now stands at 2-1 on the season. Chevonne Hayslett, who pitched all five extra innings was pinned with the loss and now sits at 1-4.

GAME TWO: HEIDELBERG - 8, CAPITAL - 3

The Student Princes once again left it late, but managed to get the job done during the sixth and seventh innings to complete the twinbill sweep of the Crusaders.

With Capital scoring two runs in the first and what looked to be an insurance run in the fifth, the Student Princes were down to their last six outs. In both the sixth and seventh innings, Heidelberg put up four runs before the game was called due to darkness sealing their second win of the day.

In the sixth, A Brooke Lewis double scored the first run for Heidelberg after Conney and Redman reached base safely. From there, Stephanie Drapp, Leah Bouillon and Kat Brady rattled off consecutive RBI singles to establish the momentum fully in the favor of Heidelberg.

Drapp (6-2) worked around a single in the bottom of the sixth to seal off the game and pick up the win on the rubber. Drapp was responsible for one earned run on three hits and struck out three batters in her 2.2 innings of relief. Kaitlyn Moore started for Heidelberg and lasted 3.1 innings and conceded six hits and two earned runs.

Safety runs were added in the top of the seventh as Lewis belted a 2-run homer to left center that also scored Redman. Then, once again Heidelberg benefited from consecutive singles by Drapp, Bouillon and Brady to load the bases. This time, Abby Barno and Joanna Catalano walked to bring in two more runs for Heidelberg.

At the half-inning, the umpires called the game due to darkness. Brianna Reardon (5-8) was strapped with the loss after giving up four earned runs on four hits in the sixth inning.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

The trio of Berg pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts in game one. The mark was the first time the Student Princes pitching staff has punched out 12 batters in a single game since April 17, 2011 in a 6-2 win at Marietta.

The 12-inning marathon in game one marked the Berg's second 10+ inning win of the season after they defeated ONU in 11 earlier this year. This marks the first time since the 2012 season that Heidelberg has played two 10+ inning games in the same season.

The Student Princes slugged a combined 32 hits on the day -- their most in a single two-game day since March 10, 2012 when they pounded out 34 hits in a non-traditional doubleheader in wins vs. Fredonia State and New England College.

FOR THE OPPONENT:

Capital did collect 24 hits over the two games for a fair day at the plate. Alyx Slusher, Kristen Mellott, and Chevonne Hayslett all hit safely four times each on the day. Mellott had a team-high two RBI's.

UP NEXT:

Heidelberg will return to Columbus on Saturday for a conference doubleheader against the ever-tough Otterbein Cardinals. First pitch in Westerville is scheduled for 1 p.m in game one.