WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Away to the reigning OAC regular season champions, the Heidelberg University softball team dropped a pair of games to Otterbein University on Saturday afternoon.
Game one went five innings and the Cards (14-10, 6-2) won 10-0. In game two, the game last nine innings and resulted in a walk-off 4-3 win for Otterbein.
GAME ONE: OTTERBEIN - 10, HEIDELBERG - 0 (5 innings)
In game one, the Student Princes had a stagnant offensive output, while battling an offensive outburst from the host Cardinals.
In the top of the first, Heidelberg did look to be applying some pressure as they loaded the bases. Bethany Redman and Casey Moore each singled before Kennedy Conney walked with two outs. Unfortunately, the momentum stalled and they failed to force a run across.
From there, it was all Otterbein as they put up multiple runs in each of their four trips to the plate to account for their ten runs.
In the pitching circle, Stephanie Drapp (6-3) was hit with the loss after conceding eight hits, seven runs (six earned) and walking a pair. Gabby Johnson (8-7) took the win pitching four innings of scoreless softball for Otterbein.
GAME TWO: OTTERBEIN - 4, HEIDELBERG - 3 (9 innings)
Game two was a much more balanced affair on the scoreboard. The Berg jumped out to a two run lad after the second inning. What started a rough outing for Otterbein pitching in the control category, yielded three walks and three wild pitches. Conney scored the first run on a wild pitch, while Kat Brady drew a walk with the bases loaded to score Kaitlyn Moore.
In the fourth, Heidelberg once again benefited from the walk. Abby Barno and Leah Bouillon both reached via a single for the team's first two hits. Redman and Catalano then drew back-to-back walks that allowed Barno to score the third run.
Berg starter Kaitlyn Moore (2-2) finally allowed a run in the bottom of the fourth on a solo homer by Kayla Queer.
In the bottom of the fifth, Otterbein tied the game at three with a two RBI double from Sage Jenkins.
After a scoreless three innings, the top of the ninth looked to prove the breakthrough. With two runners on, Alyson Shaw singled through the right side to give Otterbein the walk-off win.
Kaitlyn Moore pitched the distance and was hit with the loss, conceding 13 hits, four earned runs and one walk. The steady right-hander also struck out six Cardinals.
Johnson (9-7) -- the decisive pitcher in game one -- relieved Anna Edwards and pitched the final seven innings. Johnson was responsible for three hits, one earned run and four walks. She did strikeout eight Berg hitters though.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
The doubleheader sweep marked the second two-game loss day of the season for the Berg after they were outdone by Marietta in a twinbill earlier this season.
Excluding OAC tournament play, the game two extra-inning affair marked the fourth consecutive season at least one of the traditional doubleheader games against Otterbein has reached extra innings.
FOR THE OPPONENT:
Gabby Johnson picked up both wins in the pitching circle. Johnson combined for 11 innings pitched, 13 strikeouts and just one earned run on the day.
Alyson Shaw went a combined 6-for-7 from the plate and scored three runs and had two RBIs.
The Student Princes will have a quick turnaround as they host Bethany College for a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday at Frann's Field. To beat the rain, the games have been moved up and will start at noon.