Marietta, Ohio - April 17, 2010 – The junior duo of Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland) and Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) each sent one over the fence in the ninth to lead the Heidelberg University baseball team to a 15-14 victory over Marietta College in game two of an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta, Ohio. The game two win earned the Berg a split with Marietta after the host Pioneers posted an 11-8 victory in the opener.
Today’s game featured two of the top programs in the Ohio Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III. Heidelberg and Marietta have combined to finish in the top-two spots in the league standings in each of the last three years. In 2007, the duo shared the regular season championship, and the Berg won the 2008 and 2009 crowns outright. Entering the weekend the Berg was ranked fourth in the nation according to D3baseball.com and the Pioneers stood seventh.
Following the doubleheader, Heidelberg stands at 24-6 overall and are 5-3 in the OAC, while Marietta is 24-6 and 8-2.
In game two, Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start) connected for a three-run home run in the fourth to erase a 6-3 Heidelberg deficit and forced a new ballgame.
After a scoreless fifth on both sides, Heidelberg went on top in the top half of the sixth by a run after Lizcano returned to the plate for his second straight home run, but Marietta answered in the bottom half to regain the lead. Another back and forth inning took place in the seventh as well, and Marietta was on top 13-11 in the end.
In the eighth, with two outs, Heidelberg tied the ballgame at 13 apiece following a bases loaded error by Marietta’s shortstop that sent two runs home. The Berg defense, behind the pitching of Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) held the Pioneers scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to set the stage for Keen and Lash in the ninth.
For the game, Heidelberg finished with 17 hits led by three hits apiece from Lizcano, Steve Decker (Maumee, Ohio / Springfield) and Lash. Lizcano and Lash each had four RBI. Lash scored a team-leading three times.