Bexley, Ohio – April 30, 2011 – An Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep of host Capital University concluded the Heidelberg University softball team’s overall record to 24-14, breaking the single season record of 23 set in 1996 and 1997.
Heidelberg won 3-0 in game one and followed it with a 4-3 win in the ninth inning in the night cap. It is Heidelberg’s first win against Capital since April 12, 2006 where it won 2-1 and it's first sweep over the Crusaders since 1998, where the Berg won 7-6 and 11-3 in Tiffin (April 15).
Against OAC foes the Berg finishes at 6-12. The two setbacks drop the Crusaders to 16-14 and 3-9 to close out the year.
Guiding the Berg to the 24-win mark is third-year head coach Betsy Hada. The 2001 Heidelberg graduate has reached the 20-win plateau twice in her young coaching career, which has only been met seven times in the history of the program. Hada is the second coach behind Jim Miccichi (1995-98) to have consecutive 20-win seasons.
Up 1-0 in the sixth inning in game one, Bessie Artino (Bellevue, Ohio / Bellevue) smacked a two-run home run, brining in Bridget Moran (Lakewood, Ohio / Lakewood). This brings Artino’s total to seven which ties with Jody Yeager (1998), Betsy Hada (2001), and teammate Megan Reinhart (Tiffin, Ohio / Hopewell London) (2011) for third all-time in a single season.
Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora, Ohio / Evergreen) extended her record season with her 14th win. Pinkelman threw a two-hitter in a complete game shutout. She fanned one and walked three.
In the night cap, the Berg and the Crusaders traded off runs in the sixth inning (1 each) and in the eighth inning (2 each).
In the top of the ninth, Lauren Childs (North Kingsville, Ohio / Ashtabula Edgewood) scored the eventual game-winner. This marked her 36th run scored of the season, breaking the single season record of 34 set by Jadie Wheeler (1999).
Dana Thoms (Amherst, Ohio / Firelands) earned the win and ends the season at 9-7. Thoms pitched a complete game, giving up three runs (all earned) off nine hits. She struck out two and walked one.
All season long, the 2011 Heidelberg team etched its name into the school’s record book. The Berg broke the team records of runs scored (236), batting average (.353), runs batted in (207), hits (381), doubles (70), slugging percentage (.501), strikeouts (180) and home runs (22).
Not to be outdone, Artino earned her 55th hit on year, breaking the single season record held by Jadie Wheeler (54, 1999).