ADA, Ohio – The Heidelberg University softball team traveled to Ada, Ohio and the campus of Ohio Northern University in search of their first Ohio Athletic conference victory of the 2013 season. After falling behind early in both games, the Student Princes (10-14, 0-8 OAC) dropped both contests to the Polar Bears, 7-4 and 16-3.
Ohio Northern jumped out to a 5-0 lead with two runs in the second inning and three the first. The Student Princes got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the third.
Freshman left fielder Lydia Stover (Morris City, IL./Olney Central College) batted a leadoff single up the left side before pitcher Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) struck out swinging. Jami Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel) smacked a single up the middle advancing Stover to second. Lisa Simmons (Westerville/Westerville North) followed the Wagner single by flying out to right field.
With two out and two on Marissa Smego (Parma/Trinity) singled to left center, scoring Stover from second and advancing Wagner to third. Mikaela Mistch (McHenry, IL.) reached first on a walk before Bri Sinden (New Philadelphia) grounded into a fielder’s choice that forced Mitsch out at second to end the inning.
The Polar Bears piled on another run in the bottom of the third to bring the score to 6-1.
In the top of the fifth the Berg bats came to life for three runs. Simmons led off the inning with an infield single and Smego drew a walk on the ensuing at-bat. With two runners on Mitsch slapped a single and advanced to second on a fielding error, that allowed Simmons to score and Smego to advance to third.
Freshman Jordan Crase (Bucyrus/Colonial-Crawford) entered the game as a pinch runner for Mitsch at second before Sinden hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Smego.
Freshman shortstop Kayla Zachrich (Defiance/Ayersville) was hit by a pitch prior to Jessica Lieberth (Aurora) claiming the second out of the inning when she grounded out the second baseman. However, the Lieberth ground out proved useful as Crase scored from third to bring the score to 6-4 in favor of the Polar Bears.
Ohio Northern added another run in the bottom of the sixth before closing out game one.
The second contest was all Ohio Northern. The Polar Bears loaded on eight runs in the first inning followed by eight more in the second to lead 16-1 heading into the top of the third.
The Berg attempted to rally but the deficit was too great as the Polar Bears rolled to a 16-3 victory in five innings.
The Heidelberg ladies and fifth year head coach Betsy Hada will return to the diamond on Thursday, April 11 when they travel to Defiance College. The non-conference doubleheader between the Berg and the Yellow Jackets is schedule to begin at 3:30 p.m.