Ada, Ohio – April 13, 2011 – The no. 5 ranked Heidelberg University baseball team split a doubleheader with Ohio Northern University this afternoon in Ada, Ohio. Heidelberg posted a 2-1 win in game one and suffered a 1-0 setback in game two. The split sends Heidelberg to 23-5 on the year and marks its first setback in the Ohio Athletic Conference play (7-1). ONU improves to 15-11, 2-6.
A two-out, bases loaded double to left center field in the sixth inning by Jordan Martin (Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty) proved to consist of the game-winning run for Heidelberg in the opener.
Loading the bases for Martin was Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) and Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) with a double and a single, respectively, followed by a Derek Andrzejczak (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) walk. Scoring for the Berg was Lash and Brechun.
ONU threatened in the bottom of the sixth. Heidelberg starter Nathan James (Rockport, Ind. / South Spencer) struck out one and got a fly out, and gave way to closer Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) to finish the inning with two on. Lowe hit his first batter to load the bases, but got a fly out to end the threat.
The Polar Bears erased a shutout in its last at bat. With one out, and one on, a Heidelberg miscue sent a run across home plate. Lowe got a strike out before Andrzejczak caught a line drive at his head at first base to end the game and send Heidelberg to the win column.
James got the win on the mound and increased his record for the year to 4-1. In 5.2 innings of work James threw a four-hitter, while striking out five and walking three. Lowe preserved his 10th victory on the year after finishing the final 1.1 innings. He gave up two hits, one run, none earned, with one strike out and a walk.
Joining Martin, Lash and Brechun in the hit column was Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start), Arneal Squibb (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) and Andrew Buelow (Marysville, Mich. / Marysville).
In game two, ONU scored in its first at bat without registering a hit. The Polar Bears loaded the bases with two walks and being hit by a pitch to set the stage for a fielder’s choice RBI by Eric Yunker for a 1-0 advantage.
The one run proved to be enough for the Polar Bears; however the Berg did have its opportunities. Heidelberg left six runners on base in the final two innings of play.
Despite a career-high 10 strike outs, Sylvester Nino (Willard, Ohio / Willard) suffered the loss on the mound. In 6.1 innings of work he gave up five hits, one earned run and three walks.
Heidelberg’s hitters once again finished with six hits. Leading the way with two apiece was Buelow and Alex Monroe (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston).