Ft. Myers, Fla. - March 17, 2010 – The Heidelberg University softball team, under the guidance of third-year head coach Betsy Hada, concluded its spring trip at the Gene Cusic Classic. The Berg split its two games today with dropping a hard fought 1-0 loss to Stevens Institute of Technology in the first game, followed with a dominant performance in the nightcap, blanking Norwich University 15-0.
Heidelberg comes back to Ohio with an impressive 8-2 overall record. In its 10-game stint, the Berg outscored its opponents 77-10.
On Thursday, after a 1-0 loss in game one, the Berg regrouped and finished its Florida trip strong. Heidelberg utilized 21 different players en route to the 15-0 victory. It marks the most runs and the largest margin of victory under the helm of Hada.
Sophomore Lauren Childs (Kingsville, Ohio / Ashtabula Edgewood) highlighted the offense with a 2-for-3 performance, while earning two RBI, one run scored, and four stolen bases. Childs, in her first season at Heidelberg and in only 10 games of play, has etched her names into the Heidelberg record books. She has tallied 15 stolen bases thus far this season, which currently stands fifth all-time in a single season and is on pace to break the record of 26 held by Tracey Shier (1991).
At the plate, the Berg tallied 22 hits. Sophomore Hannah Brumit (Stone Creek, Ohio / New Philadelphia) led the charge and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI, and a double. Junior Bessie Artino (Bellevue, Ohio / Bellevue) followed and went 3-for-3 with two RBI.
Freshman Jami Wagner (Alvada, Ohio / New Riegel) went 3-for-3 with three runs, one RBI, and three stolen bases, while junior Megan Reinhart (Tiffin, Ohio / Hopewell-Loudon) also went 3-for-3 at the plate and had one run scored and a double.
Three players earned their first collegiate hit. Freshman Kelly Martz (Roseville, Mich. / Lakeview) earned a double in the third inning, which cleared the bases with the bases loaded, while sophomore Lauren Florea (Morrow, Ohio / Little Miami) went 1-for-1 with one run scored and freshman Tara Gaughan (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) earned a 2-for-2 performance at the plate with one run scored.
On the mound, junior Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora, Ohio / Evergreen) earned her fourth win of the season, throwing three innings with five strikeouts and gave up three hits. Sophomore Ali Sayre (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) came in and pitched one inning and gave up one hit and recorded one strikeout followed by freshman pitcher Melissa Lovati (St. Clair Shores, Mich. / Lakeview) who threw the fifth and final inning with no hits, no walks, and fanned two.
Heidelberg is back in action Tuesday, Mar. 22 as it hosts Bluffton University in Tiffin, Ohio. The first pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.