UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Heidelberg University baseball was swept by John Carroll University in a critical OAC doubleheader on Saturday. The Blue Streaks won the first game 4-0 and the nightcap 13-1. The losses snapped a streak of 16 consecutive wins by Heidelberg over John Carroll, dating back to 2005.
The Blue Streaks scored a run in each of the first two innings off of ‘Berg starter Ethan Holt (Galion/West Holmes). Holt was able to limit the damage with a line drive double play to end the first and a strikeout to end the second.
John Carroll added to their lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
John Carroll starter Pat O’Brien kept the Student Prince offense at bay all game long. O’Brien allowed three hits in six innings.
Zach Verner worked a scoreless seventh inning for JCU.
In the second game, Steve Huber (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial) allowed three runs in the first inning. Two of the runs were unearned.
The Blue Streaks added a run in the third on a muffed pop-up on the infield. The play ignited confusion among the umpires and both teams.
Down 7-0, Heidelberg (19-17, 7-9 OAC) scored their first run of the day in the eighth. Eric Monroe (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) doubled to lead off the frame and scored on a single by Doug Miller (West Friendship, MD/Glenelg Country School). John Carroll used a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.
In the bottom of the frame, the wheels fell off for Heidelberg. The Blue Streaks scored six times off of the Student Prince bullpen.
Heidelberg loaded the bases in the ninth but did not score.
The Student Princes travel to Wittenberg and Wooster for midweek non-conference games before finishing at Capital on Saturday. With Saturday’s losses, Heidelberg will need to win and get help in order to advance to the OAC tournament.