BSB: Bats warm up in split

(Photos by Cynthia Nielsen)
(Photos by Cynthia Nielsen)

TIFFIN -- On a windy-but-pleasant Friday afternoon, the Heidelberg University baseball team salvaged a split in yet another OAC doubleheader -- falling to Mount Union 13-10 in the opener and winning 11-9 in the nightcap. With the wind blowing out, Heidelberg tallied four home runs on the day, including two grand slams in the loss.

Darrin Shirk, Matt Psychas and Evan Long each tallied four hits on the day. Psychas hit for the two-game cycle and drove in six runs.

Zach Cleaver and Kyle Slovick had three hits each -- with Slovick plating seven and Cleaver driving in four.

GAME ONE: MTU 13-13-1 BERG 10-9-2

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, Kyle Slovick lifted a fly ball to left that carried over the fence for a grand slam. It was Slovick's second home run of the season.

After hitting a two-run home run in the second, the Purple Raiders batted around and tagged the Student Princes for six runs in the top of the fourth.

Up 8-4, the Purple Raiders appeared to be able to get out of the fourth unscathed, but third baseman Bryant Kennedy dropped an infield pop up, which loaded the bases. Matt Psychas sent a fly ball to the track in straight-away center that center fielder Billy Goodall couldn't catch on a dive. As the ball rolled along the wall, Psychas never slowed and raced around the bases. Sliding in ahead of the throw, Psychas pounded his fist on the plate, having tied the game at eight with an inside-the-park grand slam.

In the sixth, Mount regained control of the game, scoring five runs on five hits.

Zach Cleaver homered in the seventh and had an RBI groundout in the ninth, but Heidelberg was unable to muster a comeback.

GAME TWO: BERG 11-14-2 MOUNT 9-8-1

After three, Heidelberg led 2-0. Cleaver had an RBI bunt single in the second and Evan Long did the same in the third.

Mount Union scored four unearned runs in the fifth, aided by a catcher's interference call.

Undaunted, Heidelberg rallied in the bottom of the inning. Shirk led off with a solo home run to left. Long hit a 0-2 single and scored on a double into the left field corner by Psychas. After a lengthy debate about whether or not he had been hit by a pitch, Slovick doubled down the left field line, scoring Psychas.

The Berg extended its lead with two more in the sixth. Psychas drove in Joey Rydzewski, who had reached on a error and stole second. Long scored in a sacrifice fly by Zach Cleaver.

Alex Sir Louis went six full innings, allowing four unearned runs on three hits. He struck out six.

In the bottom of the seventh, HU scored four more. Long drew a bases-loaded walk and Slovick ripped a two-run single. The fourth run came with some confusion. With runners on the corners, a balk was called on MTU pitcher Darren Krolikowski … but his pitch plunked Cleaver. After deliberating, Cleaver was awarded first and Psychas was awarded home.

Mount Union added two in the eighth and three in the ninth, but Joey Wenning was able to seal the split.

UP NEXT:

The Student Princes will visit Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday for another critical OAC doubleheader. First pitch on the turf in Berea is scheduled for 1 p.m.