TIFFIN, Ohio -- With a first-inning strikeout in the second game of the doubleheader sweep of Bethany College, Heidelberg University softball pitcher Kaitlyn Moore became the program's career strike out queen … taking the crown from Erin Chapman, who watched from the first base coaches box. Heidelberg walked off with a 4-3 win in the opener, then won 2-1 in the night cap.
Chapman, in her second season as a graduate assistant with the Bison, fanned 263 batters from 2014-2017. Moore, in her junior season, has amassed 269 strikeouts for Heidelberg.
Heidelberg improved to 10-12 on the season while the Bison dropped to 3-13.
GAME ONE: HEIDELBERG 4 BETHANY 3
After stranding two in the first inning, Heidelberg struck first blood in the second. Stephanie Drapp and Bailee Faulkner started the frame with base hits. Leah Bouillon was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Kat Brady. Brady delivered a single to left, scoring Drapp.
A walk sandwiched between two singles allowed the Bison to tie the game in the fourth, but their momentum would be short-lived. Abby Barno singled to second, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, then scored on a single to right center by Bethany Redman.
Heidelberg held the 2-1 lead into the seventh. Bethany had two on with two outs, with sophomore Gabby Capaldi at the plate. Capaldi delivered a single up the middle and Kathleen Fuchs scored from second. On the throw home, the tag attempt by Faulkner flew to the backstop, which allowed Emily Folk to race home with the go-ahead run.
Trailing for the first time, The Berg responded. Casey Moore singled back through the middle, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kennedy Conney. An infield single by Drapp pushed Moore to third. Faulkner followed by sending a double into the gap in left center. Casey Moore scored easily and pinch runner Maddie Curtner slid in just ahead of the tag.
Redman and Drapp both had three hits in the game. Drapp (7-3) threw all seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits. She struck out one.
GAME TWO: HEIDELBERG 2 BETHANY 1
As they did in game one, Heidelberg scored first in the second game. With two outs, Joanna Catalano was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a single by Casey Moore. Conney drove in a run with an infield single to short.
The Student Princes extended the lead in the third without the aid of a hit. Walks to Redman and Catalano followed by a sacrifice bunt put Conney in position to deliver once again. She did -- lifting a sacrifice fly to center.
The lone run for the visitors came in the fifth. An errant pickoff throw allowed a runner to score from third.
Kaitlyn Moore (3-2) struck out seven and did not allow an earned run. She scattered five hits.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
The "Frann's Magic" walk-off win in game one was Heidelberg's first of the season. In the 4+ years since the opening of Frann's Field, HU has 16 wins in their final at-bat.
First baseman Erica Leber, who saw action in both games, will host the fifth-annual Siggy Awards on Sunday. The awards honor athletic excellence at Heidelberg.
FOR THE OPPONENT:
Erica Amoroso had four hits on the day.
The Student Princes return to OAC action on Wednesday when they will host John Carroll University for a midweek twinbill.