Tiffin, Ohio – March 31, 2011 – The Heidelberg University softball team stayed undefeated at home after a doubleheader sweep of Case Western Reserve University at Mayer Field. The Berg won game one 10-2 in sixth innings, followed by a 12-9 victory in the nightcap. Heidelberg improves to 15-3 on the year, while the Spartans drop to 6-18.
The Berg did not waste any time putting runs on the board in game one. In the bottom of the first, Heidelberg scored three runs with two outs courtesy of an RBI double by junior Bessie Artino (Bellevue, Ohio / Bellevue) and a two-run home run by classmate Megan Reinhart (Tiffin, Ohio / Hopewell Loudon). After a homer in game two, Reinhart has a team-leading five home runs on the year.
Case would score one run in the top of the second and third innings, but was unable to take the lead.
On the mound, junior Dana Thoms (Amherst, Ohio / Firelands) earned the complete game victory. Thoms threw six innings, giving up two runs off nine hits. She fanned one and walked the same.
Reinhart led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance, earning three runs to go along with three RBIs.
Artino impacted the offense with two doubles, as she went 2-for-3 at the plate. She earned three runs scored and one run batted in.
In the nightcap, the Berg came out strong with leading 11-0 after three innings of play. Case Western made it a game earning three runs in the fourth and fifth innings followed by two in the sixth and one in the seventh, but were unable to go out in front.
Freshman Lindsay Horwitz (Gurnee, Ill. / Warren Township) had a team-leading three RBI, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the third. The homer marks Horwitz’s first of her collegiate career.
Hitting in two runs each in game two was sophomore Hannah Brumit (Stone Creek, Ohio / New Philadelphia) and Reinhart.
Junior Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora, Ohio / Evergreen) earned the win and now stands at 8-1 on the year. She threw six innings, gave up three runs (two earned) off six hits. She fanned three and walked two.
For the day sophomore Lauren Childs (North Kingsville, Ohio / Ashtabula Edgewood) had total of five stolen bases, bringing her total to 24 for the season which ties Lori Zieber (1999) for second all-time in a single season.
The Berg is back in action on Saturday (April 2) as it hosts Muskingum University at 1:00 p.m.