Tiffin, Ohio – April 6, 2010 – A six-run fourth inning opened up a tied ballgame for theHeidelberg University baseball team and led to an eventual 12-3 victory over Denison University at Peaceful Valley, the home of ’Berg baseball.
The win marked a home and away series sweep for the Berg over the Big Red. Heidelberg previously topped Denison 14-7 in Granville on March 27. Currently Heidelberg is ranked third in the nation according to D3baseball.com and owns an overall record of 18-3. Denison falls to 13-11 with the setback.
Heidelberg held a 3-2 advantage after three innings of play thanks in part to two solo home runs from Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start) and an RBI triple from Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville).
Denison added a run in the top of the fourth to tie the game, but the Berg went to work in the bottom half of the inning. Heidelberg plated six runs off of five hits and one Denison miscue.
Elvin Williams (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) knocked in a run with a bases loaded single through the right side prior to Lizcano being hit by a pitch with every base occupied. Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland) kept the scoring rally going with a two-run double to center field. Not to be outdone, Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) followed Keen with a two-run single through the left side to extend Heidelberg’s lead to 9-3.
Heidelberg added another run in the fifth off a solo shot to left field by Alex Monroe(Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) and finished with two more runs in the sixth.
The Heidelberg hitters finished with 16 hits in the win. Monroe was 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored, while Williams, Brechun and Lash were each 3-for-5. Lash had two doubles and a triple for his three hits and Brechun score twice and knocked in two runs. Lizcano, the Ohio Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, finished with a team-leading three runs batted in, to go along with three runs scored and two home runs.
On the mound, right-hander Brian Koehl (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania-Northview) got the start and went 6.0 innings. He allowed 10 hits and struck out three to pick up the win. For the year he stands at 3-0.