Tiffin, Ohio – May 5, 2010 –The Heidelberg University softball team dropped a doubleheader today to Ohio Athletic Conference foe Capital University. Heidelberg lost game one 10-1 and game two 6-4.
Heidelberg finishes the season at 22-16, 7-11 in the OAC, while Capital goes to 24-15, 9-9 against leagues foes.
Errors would cost Heidelberg in both games.
In game one, the Crusaders managed to score five runs in the second, three in the third and two in the fifth.
Dana Thoms (Amherst, Ohio / Firelands) finishes the season at 12-11. Thoms gave up 10 runs, six earned, off 10 hits. She walked and retired two.
Down 1-0 in game two, Heidelberg took the lead in the bottom of the third. Andrea Gerdeman (Ottawa, Ohio / Ottawa-Glandorf) blasted a two-run homer over center field. It marked her team-leading seventh homer of the season. Gerdeman is now tied with Jadie Wheeler for third-all time with most home runs in a single season.
Capital would knot it up 2-2 in the fifth.
Heidelberg would regain the lead in the sixth. With two on, Hannah Brumit (Stone Creek, Ohio / New Philadelphia) earned a RBI single. Two batters later, Bridget Moran (Lakewood, Ohio / Lakewood) would also single home a runner, giving Heidelberg the 4-2 lead.
The Crusaders would rally in the seventh and would score four runs which would eventually give them the 6-4 win.
Ali Sayre (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania-Northview) pitched a complete game, while allowing six runs, three earned off 10 hits. Sayre walked none and struck out three.
Offensively, Moran led the way with a 3-for-3 outing with one run and an RBI. Esordi followed with going 2-for-3 at the plate. Gerdeman earned a team-high two RBIs.
Also earning a hit was Ashley Stromack (LaGrange, Ohio / Keystone), Natalie Hunt (Maineville, Ohio / Maineville), and Brumit.
Under the guidance of second-year head coach Betsy Hada, Heidelberg concludes the 2009-10 season but not without setting the bar high for next year. Its 22 wins ties for second-most all-time in a single season. It also eclipsed the most home runs in a single season with 21.