SB: Student Princes continue losing skid

File photo by Doug Sampson
File photo by Doug Sampson

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Playing their fifth and sixth game in just three days, the Heidelberg University softball dropped their third straight twinbill on Thursday afternoon.

Playing as the home team, Heidelberg (12-20, 5-11 OAC) dropped game one by a score of 10-2, before falling 13-3 in game two. The Muskies, fighting for the top spot in the OAC, now hold an overall record of 29-9, 13-3.

The doubleheader was initially supposed to play at home on Friday, but the weather forecast in Tiffin forced a move to Muskingum's campus further south.

Kennedy Conney led the Student Princes with two hits on the day.

GAME ONE: MUSKINGUM 10 HEIDELBERG 2 (5 innings)

A rather subdued first inning and half passed before Heidelberg stepped to the plate in the bottom of the second. In the the frame, the 'Berg tallied two of their three hits on the day and put up the game's first run.

Kennedy Conney led off the inning with a double to left center and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Three batters later, Abby Barno was up with two outs and collected a single down the left field line that enabled Conney to score.

Unfortunately, Muskingum responded to the Student Princes' early lead with vengeance. In the top of the third, the Muskies exploded for five hits and four runs.

While keeping Heidelberg off the board across the third, fourth and fifth inning, Muskingum proceeded to tack on six more runs heading to the bottom of the fifth inning.

Needing to score at least two runs to extend the game, Heidelberg only mustered a single run in the fifth to give Muskingum the 10-2 win. Kat Brady reached on a lead off single before advancing on an error to second as Casey Moore also reached base. Brady then came around to score on another error by the Muskie shortstop later in the inning. Unfortunately, the run was all the Student Princes could force across as game one came to a close.

Stephanie Drapp (9-6) took another loss this week as she allowed 12 hits and nine runs (seven earned) over 4.1 innings. Drapp did strikeout two Muskie batters on the day.

GAME TWO: MUSKINGUM 13 HEIDELBERG 3 (5 innings)

The Student Princes got out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Kaitlyn Moore was hit by a pitch and then moved to second on a passed ball. Drapp then reached on an error, that allowed Moore to score from second. Drapp advanced to second on the play.
Kennedy Conney then followed Drapp by reaching an error as well, that also led to Drapp scoring from second. The 'Berg went ahead with the game's first two runs without a hit in the first.

Muskingum quickly tied things with a solo home run and a sacrifice fly in the top of the second. In the bottom of the second, though, Casey Moore delivered an RBI single to left field to re-take the lead. Joanna Catalano led off the inning with a single and advanced to third via a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. From there, Moore punched her home.

Unfortunately, then exploded for eight runs in the top of the third via two homers, a two RBI double, and an RBI single.

The Muskies added another run in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly to open the game up to an eight run spread. Looking for insurance to close out the game, MU added two more on a two RBI double in the fifth. Heidelberg was unable to score in the bottom of the fifth, giving the 13-3 win to the Muskies.

Kaitlyn Moore (3-7) suffered the loss allowing eight runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. Morgan Daniels worked 2.2 innings in relief and struckout a day-high three batters.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

With both games reaching double figures in scoring for the Muskies, it marked just the second and third time all season that the 'Berg pitching staff had allowed 10 or more runs.

FOR THE OPPONENT:

Krissy Hughes and Jaelyn Meade both went 3-4 in game one. Hughes also scored three runs and collected two RBIs, while Meade scored twice and accounted for one RBI. Hughes then added two more hits and three RBIs in game two.

UP NEXT:

The Student Princes will finally rest of the Easter holiday before traveling to Oberlin College next Wednesday for a non-conference twinbill. First pitch in Oberlin is slated for 3:30 p.m.