Softball stays hot with sweep

(Mason Hainey / Heidelberg Athletics)
(Mason Hainey / Heidelberg Athletics)

TIFFIN -- Ten innings would be all the Heidelberg University softball team needed as it completed a sweep of Hiram College in two five-inning games. The Student Princes shut out the Terriers in the first game, 9-0, before taking game two 10-2.

With their third straight win, the Student Princes improve to 10-6 this season. Hiram falls to 4-10.

KEY STATS

Erin Chapman -- 3 for 4, 5 RBI, 5 IP, 5 Ks

Casey Moore -- 4 for 5, 5 RBI, 2 2B, HR

Bailey Smith -- 3 for 3, 4 RBI, 2 3B

GAME ONE: Heidelberg 9 Hiram 0 (5 innings)

Heidelberg capitalized on Terrier errors, scoring nine runs off just seven hits. After Taylor Hicks reached on an error, she was singled home by Chapman. Freshman Casey Moore continued her impressive freshman campaign with a deep home run to centerfield to give HU an early 3-0 lead after one.

The Berg broke out a five-spot in the bottom of the second. A fielding error with runners on the corners added another run to the HU lead.

Chapman belted a double to the wall in center to score Renee Lovett and Joanna Catalano for a 6-0 lead. Smith continued the trend of extra bases with a triple to the warning track in right to bring home Chapman. Smith was brought in by a single from Kaitlyn Moore.

Shelby Miller led off the fourth inning with a line drive to right field. She scored on a bloop single behind first base from sophomore Ally Sumser.

Chapman (5-2) tossed a complete game shutout. The senior struck out five over five innings and gave up just four hits.

GAME TWO: Heidelberg 10 Hiram 2 (5 innings)

The Terriers struck first in the nightcap on a single through the right side. The Berg bats responded in the bottom of the frame. Lovett singled up the middle to lead off the game followed by a walk issued to Taylor Hicks. A sacrifice bunt by Chapman put two runners in scoring position for Casey Moore. The freshman roped a double down the left field line to plate both Lovett and Hicks.

Moore advanced to third base on the throw home. She was brought home when Smith lifted a sac fly to left field for a 3-1 HU lead after one.

A double to left center in the top of the second would bring home the second Hiram run.

Heidelberg scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the second. Catalano reached on a fielder's choice. In her second game back from injury, Kaitlin Keys singled to move Catalano to second. A fielding error and a fielder's choice loaded the bases with two outs.

A wild pitch scored Keys from third and a Chapman liner up the middle plated Hicks and Lovett. Casey Moore followed with a single to right center to put runners at the corners. A Smith base knock scored Chapman for HU's final run of the frame.

With two outs in the fourth, Heidelberg ignited another rally. A double from Casey Moore scored Hicks from second. Smith followed with another triple to bring in Moore. Kaitlyn Moore followed Smith with a bouncer up the middle to push across another HU run.

Freshman Kaitlyn Moore (4-3) earned the win, fanning five batters over five innings.

EXTRA BASES

The last time HU completed a sweep with two five-inning games happened on Mar. 10, 2015 in Florida. The team defeated Bethany (13-3) and Webster (12-4) in the sweep.

Chapman and Kaitlyn Moore currently lead the Ohio Athletic Conference in strikeouts. Moore leads the way with 51 while Chapman sits second with 49.

Kaitlyn's sister Casey Moore is also doing damage among the OAC leader board. The freshman is tied for the league lead in home runs (4) and is tied for second for RBI (15).

QUOTES FROM THE COACH

"We took advantage of the opportunities that were given," said head coach Kelli Williams. "We hit pretty well and when you put the ball in play like we did we can do great things."

Williams on the pitching staff: "Our pitchers did a great job, especially keeping their leadoff hitters off base."

UP NEXT

The Student Princes commence Ohio Athletic Conference play on Saturday when they travel to Wilmington College (2-10). First pitches are slated for 1 and 3:30 p.m.