Wilmington, Ohio – April 10, 2011 – The Heidelberg University softball team suffered an Ohio Athletic Conference double header set back to Wilmington College on Sunday. The Quakers topped the Berg 4-3 in game one and 9-7 in the nightcap. Heidelberg falls to 18-6 overall and 2-4 in the OAC, while Wilmington improves to 13-9 and 2-4 in conference play.
There was a positive for Heidelberg, despite the loss. In the top of the sixth inning in game two, sophomore Lauren Childs (North Kingsville, Ohio / Ashtabula Edgewood) broke a 20-year old Heidelberg single-season record with earning her 27th stolen base on the season. The record was 26 held by Tracey Shier (1991).
In game one, down 2-0 in the top of the third, Heidelberg registered its first run of the game when junior Bessie Artino (Bellevue, Ohio / Bellevue) earned a RBI single.
Down 4-1 with two innings to go, Heidelberg would score one run in the sixth and seventh inning, courtesy of an RBI off the bats of sophomore Bridget Moran (Lakewood, Ohio / Lakewood) and freshman Lindsay Horwitz (Gurnee, Ill. / Warren Township), respectively. However the Berg was unable to get over the hump.
The Berg outhit Wilmington 13-11, led by sophomore Hannah Brumit (Stone Creek, Ohio / New Philadelphia) who went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a team-leading fourth triple of the season.
On the mound, junior Dana Thoms (Amherst, Ohio / Firelands) pitched a complete game, fanning and walking one batter. She gave up four runs (three earned) off 11 hits. Thoms goes to 7-4 on the year.
In the nightcap, down 3-1 in the top of the sixth, Heidelberg engineered six runs. Highlighting for the Berg was Moran with a one-out two RBI single, which was shortly followed by a two-run homerun courtesy of Artino. Artino now has five homers on the season.
The Berg had a comfortable 7-3 lead going into the last inning, however Wilmington rallied an impressive comeback which was topped off by Kaylee Cox’s walk-off three-run pinch-hit home run to lift the Quakers.
Junior Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora, Ohio / Evergreen) threw a complete game for the Berg, while giving up nine runs (seven earned) off 11 hits. Pinkelman fanned 10 batters and walked two, while going to 10-2 on the year.