CLERMONT, Fla. - Freshman pitcher Erika Jordan (Bellevue) finished her first collegiate game on the mound in game two with four strike outs, a pair of hits, and added an RBI to lead the Heidelberg University softball team to an 18-1 victory against Mt. Ida (Mass.) College tonight at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. Heidelberg fell short in game one, 4-3 in eight innings, to the College of St. Scholastica (Minn.)
The split makes the Berg 3-1 overall.
Against St. Scholastica, Heidelberg scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game, 3-3. Sophomore third baseman Kelly Martz (Roseville, Mich./Lakeview) moved junior shortstop Bridget Moran (Lakeview/Senior) and sophomore center fielder Jamie Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel) into scoring position before senior first baseman Bessie Artino (Bellevue) drove in Moran and Wagner scored on a passed ball. In the eighth inning, CSS scored Merryssa Tiedeman from the international tie-breaker rule on a sacrifice fly to left field by Emily Schiro. The Saints held on in the bottom of the eighth inning for the win.
Senior right handed pitcher Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora/Evergreen) pitched the first inning, retiring two batters and allowing two hits. Despite three strike outs and only six hits, junior left-hand pitcher Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) suffered her first loss of the season.
Against Mt. Ida College, plated four runs in the top of the first inning, added one run in the second, two runs in the fourth, and eleven runs to wrap-up the game in the sixth inning.
In the first inning, singles from Martz, Artino and sophomore second baseman Erica Huffman (Strongsville) sent all four runs across the plate. Freshman outfielder Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) started the sixth inning rally with a single and advanced to third on two passed balls. Moran followed Ricketts with a walk, allowing freshman Megan Dragony (Brunswick) to come to the plate. Dragony hit a double up the middle, scoring Ricketts and Moran.
Martz led the team at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 with a double and five RBI’s. Huffman went 2-for-3 and hit in three runs. Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel) and Moran had two stolen bases each.
The Berg returns to the field tomorrow to finish a game against Bethany (WV) College at 10:30 a.m. at Minneola Complex in Clermont, Fla. The game was delayed in the fourth inning Sunday due to rain. Action resumes with the Berg leading, 5-0.