Delaware, Ohio – April 7, 2010 – Despite a change in venue, the end result for the no. 3 ranked Heidelberg University baseball team was a victory. Heidelberg traveled to Delaware, Ohio and posted a 9-2 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University in a non-conference match up at Littick Field. The Berg was originally slated to host OWU to close out a home and away series on the year, but rain in the forecast in Tiffin forced the change in diamonds.
The win today is coupled with an 8-7 ’Berg victory in Delaware in March to improve the Berg to 19-3 overall, while the Battling Bishops fall to 11-13.
After a scoreless first Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) smacked a solo home run to left field to get Heidelberg on the scoreboard.
Heidelberg extended its lead to three with two runs in the fourth. Alex Monroe (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) took home while Andrew Buelow (Marysville, Mich. / Marysville) was in a run down. Kory Gainey (Saline, Mich. / Saline) followed Monroe’s score with his first collegiate home run. Gainey sent one over the left field fence to push Heidelberg’s advantage to three.
In the sixth, Heidelberg went to work with two outs. With two runners on Elvin Williams(Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) had a two-run single to right field and after stealing second scored off the bat of Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start). Lizcano followed suit with a steal and crossed home on a fielding error by OWU to push Heidelberg’s lead to seven. Heidelberg closed out its scoring with an RBI double to right field by Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic).
Ohio Wesleyan erased a ’Berg shutout in the bottom of the sixth with two runs.
Steve Decker (Maumee, Ohio / Springfield) closed out Heidelberg’s scoring in the seventh. He led the inning off with a walk prior to advancing to second on a single by Buelow. Following Buelow’s hit Decker took third on a wild pitch and scored on an errant throw by the catcher.
The Heidelberg hitters finished with 13 hits in the win. Decker went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Finishing with two hits apiece was Lizcano and Lash. Lizcano knocked in a team-best two runs.
On the mound freshman Ethan Holt (Galion, Ohio / West Holmes) pitched a four-hitter over 5.2 innings of work to pick up the win. He struck out five, while walking three.