SB: 'Berg stumbles at No. 24 BW

File photo by Doug Sampson
File photo by Doug Sampson

BEREA, Ohio -- Playing on the road to the OAC leader and No. 24 team in the country, the Heidelberg University softball team was swept in a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader.

The Student Princes (12-16, 5-9 OAC) dropped a pair to Baldwin Wallace University (29-7, 10-4) by scores of 9-3 and 3-0.

Casey Moore led the day at the plate for Heidelberg with three hits, two runs and an RBI.

GAME ONE: BALDWIN WALLACE 9 HEIDELBERG 3

The Berg got into early trouble as they conceded eight runs over the first three innings while not reaching base offensively until the fifth inning.

The Yellow Jackets pounded 11 of their 13 hits across the first three frames, including 10 straight singles.

The Student Princes finally broke the stalemate at the plate on a lead off home run by Casey Moore in the top of the fifth. The homer was Moore's team-leading third of the season. Kennedy Conney followed up two-batters later with a solo shot of her own to continue the short offensive outburst for the Berg.

Baldwin Wallace added an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth for insurance.

In the top of the seventh, Heidelberg looked to be rallying as three consecutive singles loaded the bases. Unfortunately, Brooke Lewis lined into a double play. Erica Leber then stepped to the plate with two outs, Conney on second and Moore on third. Leber punched a single to right center that scored Moore for their third and final run of the day.

Stephanie Drapp (9-4) was tabbed with the loss. Drapp was held responsible for nine hits and six earned runs. Two-time OAC pitcher of the week, Nikki Camarati improved upon her league lead in wins after pitching a flawless first three innings. Camarati sat down all nine Berg hitters she saw including seven strikeouts.

GAME TWO: BALDWIN WALLACE 3 HEIDELBERG 0

With Camarati (18-3) back on the pitching rubber for BW, Heidelberg once again had a stagnant showing at the plate. This time around, the Student Princes only mustered three hits.

In the bottom half of the second, BW struck for two. After a leadoff walk, a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second. Sami Minor then collected the first of her two RBIs on the day as her double down the left field line scored Maranda Morrison. Minor then came around to score as Abbie Thompson connected on a two-bagger of her own, this time to right center.

In the top of the third, Abby Barno beat out an infield single to third for the team's first hit. With two outs, Barno swiped second to move into scoring position, but was unable to find the plate.

It wasn't until the top of the fifth that Heidelberg would reach base as Joanna Catalano put one to left center for a single. Once again, the hit proved to be very little threat as BW worked out of the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Minor led off the inning with a solo home run over the fence to extend BW's lead to three.

In the seventh, Casey Moore reached on a single up the middle, but was unable to score.

Kaitlyn Moore (3-5) toed the rubber for Heidelberg and was credited with the loss. Moore allowed seven hits, three earned runs and four walks, but the Heidelberg career leader in strikeouts sat down seven batters.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

Conney's game one home run was the first of her career, while Moore's was the 16th of her career. The homer moved her into a tie for sixth all-time in Berg history with Megan Reinhart.

The game two shutout marked the fifth game this season that Heidelberg has failed to score a run.

FOR THE OPPONENT:

Nikki Camarati picked up the win in both games for BW, and struck out 17 Student Princes in just 10 innings of work. Mackenzie Milligan and Abbie Thompson each had four hits on the day, while Sami Minor had two RBIs in game two.

UP NEXT:

The Student Princes will have a quick turnaround as they return to Cleveland tomorrow as they play a 3:30 p.m. non-conference doubleheader at Case Western Reserve University.