Port Charlotte, Fla. – March 3, 2010 – The nationally ranked Heidelberg University baseball team opened up its 2010 season with a 12-3 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. It is the third-straight year that the Berg has started the season on a winning note.
Heidelberg’s hitters combined for 13 hits, while the Berg pitching staff allowed just six hits for the Bishops. Picking up the win on the mound was junior Brian Koehl (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview). The right-hander went 7.0 innings and allowed six hits, while striking out four. Fellow classmates Brandon Stucky (Medina, Ohio / Medina) and Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) closed out the game for the Berg. Stucky faced three batters in the eighth and struck out two. Lowe kept the Bishops at bay in the final inning and did not give up a hit.
Leading the way at the plate was Elvin Williams (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) with a 3-for-4 outing, including two doubles. He knocked in three runs, while scoring once. Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Central Catholic) followed Williams with two doubles. Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland), Steve Decker (Maumee, Ohio / Springfield) and Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) each registered multiple hits with two apiece.
Finishing up with two RBI apiece was Derek Andrzejczak (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) and Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start).
North Carolina Wesleyan opened up to a 2-0 lead after three innings of action. Heidelberg’s bats came alive in the fourth leading to a tie ballgame, 2-2. Decker and Andrzejczak each had an RBI in the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, with two outs, Keen singled and stole second to set up a Brechun RBI double for the go-ahead run for the Berg.
Heidelberg plated four more runs in the sixth highlighted by a Lizcano two RBI double to plate Williams and Decker.
North Carolina Wesleyan would cut its deficit to four runs, 7-3, in the seventh inning, but the Berg came alive once again in the eighth inning. In the eighth Heidelberg scored five runs off of two hits and a Bishop miscue to push its final margin of victory to 12-3.