BSB: Psychas' swings salvage split

BSB: Psychas' swings salvage split
  • Moravian pulls away late in opener
  • Seesaw battle tips Berg's way in nightcap
  • Deemer moves to 3-0

PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida -- Junior Matt Psychas had three RBI in the nightcap as the Heidelberg University baseball team salvaged a split on Friday. The Berg dropped the first game to Moravian College before rallying to beat Kean University in the second.

With the split, Heidelberg moves to 6-2 on the season.

Evan Long and Joey Rydzewski each had three hits on the day.

GAME ONE: Moravian 9 Heidelberg 1

An unearned run in the first put the Student Princes on the board first. Joey Rydzewski and Justin DeWitt started with singles. With two outs, Matt Psychas sent a bouncer to third that was misplayed, which allowed Rydzewski to score.

Moravian answered with three runs in the second off of Heidelberg starter Anthony Hajdu. Hajdu (1-1) went a full six innings and allowed just the three runs on seven hits. He struck out three.

Greyhound starter Rhett Jacoby (2-1) settled in after the first inning. He threw a complete game, scattering six hits and striking out 12. At one point, he retired 13 in a row.

Moravian added one insurance run in the eighth before tacking on five more in the ninth.

GAME TWO: Heidelberg 5  Kean 4

Kean struck first blood, plating a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the second.

Heidelberg would respond in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Marc Ochoa hit an RBI fielder's choice, driving in Kyle Slovick.

The scrappy Cougars regained the lead in the bottom of the frame with a suicide squeeze.

Evan Long and Parker Fronk led off the sixth with singles through the infield, putting runners on the corners. Matt Psychas followed suit and drove in Long with a basehit. Fronk gave Heidelberg a 3-2, scoring on an RBI groundout by Zach Cleaver.

The Berg's lead would be short lived. Kean scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.

Rydzewski led off the seventh with double into the right field corner, then was balked to third. With one out, Long and Fronk drew walks to load the bases. Psychas pulled a two-run single through the left side -- giving the lead back to the Student Princes. A walk to Slovick reloaded the bases, but Kean avoided further damage with a strikeout and a pop out.

Starter Cameron Deemer (3-0) went six innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits. He struck out four batters and walked one.

Eric Hooper relieved Deemer to start the seventh and worked two innings of hitless relief. In the bottom of the ninth, Joey Wenning earned his second save of the season.

UP NEXT: The Florida trip ends with an 11 a.m. game against Keystone College (1-4) on Saturday.