SB: Drapp fires shutout in split with JCU

(Photos by Mason Hainey)
(Photos by Mason Hainey)

TIFFIN, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University softball team split an OAC doubleheader with John Carroll University on a brisk Wednesday at Frann's Field. The Student Princes shut out the Blue Streaks in the opener, 2-0, before dropping the nightcap, 7-3.

Heidelberg moved to 11-13 overall, 4-6 in the OAC. JCU is 11-17, 2-8.

Joanna Catalano and Casey Moore had three hits apiece.

GAME ONE: HEIDELBERG 2 JOHN CARROLL 0

In the bottom of the first, Bethany Redman drew a one out walk, then moved to second on a base hit by Joanna Catalano. Casey Moore singled up the middle to load the bases. Stephanie Drapp shot a single through the right side, plating Redman.

After turning a 4-6-3 to get out of the top of the second, The Berg pushed another run across in the bottom of the frame. Leah Bouillon singled to center and moved to second as the ball was misplayed. With two outs, Redman rapped a single up the middle to score Bouillon.

No Blue Streaks reached third until the top of the seventh. Back-to-back one out singles and a ground out put the tying runs in scoring position. Drapp, though, got pinch hitter Crista Nativio to ground out to short to eliminate the threat and end the game.

In addition to Drapp's (8-3) first inning RBI, she worked a gem in the pitching circle, scattering six hits over seven innings of work without allowing a run. She did not allow a walk and struck out four Blue Streaks.

GAME TWO: JOHN CARROLL 7 HEIDELBERG 3

As they did in game one, Heidelberg plated a run in the first inning. Kat Brady -- who reached on a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt -- scored on a strange base hit by Catalano. Bunting, Catalano popped the ball up. Fortunately for the Student Princes, the ball flew over the heads of the infielders charging hard.

The Heidelberg lead was short lived. Two singles and a fielder's choice loaded the bases. Game two starter Kaitlyn Moore was unable to crack the strike zone on 3-2 pitches to consecutive batters, walking in two. A third run scored on a fielder's choice to short.

Ahead 3-1, JCU tacked on a run in the fourth, then added three in the sixth inning. Heidelberg, meanwhile, had opportunities to put runs on the board, but failed to find the clutch hit. JCU starter Jessica Cook held HU to eight hits and two walks.

Casey Moore capped the loss by hitting her second home run of the season -- a two-run bomb to left.

Kaitlyn Moore (3-3) threw 5.0+ innings, allowing six runs on six hits and five walks. Morgan Daniels relieved Moore in the sixth and allowed one run. Drapp returned for the seventh and did not allow a run.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

Drapp's complete game shutout in game one was the first of it's kind for the Berg this season.

Casey Moore's home run was the 15th of her career. She is in 7th place on Heidelberg's career homer list.

FOR THE OPPONENT:

Quinn Sobieszczanski went 3-for-3 and Kristen Jesberger was 2-for-3 in game one. Lindsay McKnight had three hits in the nightcap.

UP NEXT:

Heidelberg will stay in conference on Saturday as Mount Union visits Frann's Field for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The Student Princes will hold its Senior Day festivities between games of the twinbill. HU will honor Erica Leber, Morgan Daniels, Abby Barno, Becca Radabaugh and Joanna Catalano.