TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University softball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today against Otterbein University at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin, Ohio. The Berg won the first game, 4-2, but Otterbein came back to take the nightcap, 4-3.
Otterbein (24-14, 9-7) scored two unearned runs in the top of the second inning, but Heidelberg (16-18, 6-9 OAC) cut the deficit in half in the third when senior first baseman Bessie Artino (Bellevue) singled in sophomore center fielder Jami Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel).
The Berg rallied for three runs in the fifth, including a run batted-in triple by sophomore shortstop Erica Huffman (Strongsville) for what would prove to be the 4-2 final.
Wagner went 3-for-4 at the plate in game one and Artino was 3-for-3 with a double.
Junior southpaw Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) allowed nine hits and struck out four in a complete game effort and improved to 6-7.
Erin Carpenter was 3-for-4 for the Cardinals.
Maggie McMahan, who also scored a run, pitched 4.2 innings and allowed all four ‘Berg runs (two earned) on 10 hits while striking out five and walking four and fell to 6-5.
In game two, a two-run home run by Artino—her team-high-tying seventh of the season—in the first inning and another run in the second got the Berg off to a 3-0 lead.
In the third, a RBI triple by Carpenter and a run-scoring single by Kayla Woodard got Otterbein on the board, and the Cardinals took a 4-3 lead in the fourth when Laura Basford singled in a run and Casey Clarridge doubled in another.
Cardinal pitcher Chelsea Burns held the Berg at bay throughout the final three frames to secure the win.
Wagner was 2-for-4 in the second game and sophomore left fielder Julie Okorn (Euclid) was 2-for-3.
Sayre also started the second game, allowing all four runs (three earned) on five hits in 3.1 innings and took the loss. Senior righty Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora/Evergreen) pitched the final 3.2 innings and struck out four.
Clarridge was 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run for the Cardinals. Carpenter went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run.
Burns pitched 5.1 innings in relief and struck out seven and earned the win to improve to 4-4.
The Berg wraps up OAC play Saturday in a doubleheader at John Carroll University before closing the regular season Monday against The College of Wooster on Senior Night.