TIFFIN, Ohio—Senior shortstop Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start) set the Heidelberg University career home run record today with a three-run blast in the fifth inning of the second game of an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader, but the Student Princes were swept by Muskingum University, 5-1 and 14-7, at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin, Ohio. The homer was the 32nd of his career.
Muskingum broke a scoreless tie in the first game with two runs in the top of the fourth inning and rallied for three runs in the sixth.
A sacrifice fly by Lizcano in the fifth scored junior catcher Jordan Martin (Powell/Olentangy) and avoided the shutout.
The Student Princes put two runners on in the seventh, but a double play thwarted the scoring threat.
Junior right hander Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) worked through 5.2 innings, allowing all five runs on six hits while striking out five and walking three. Fruhwirth suffered the loss to fall to 4-2. Senior right hander Daniel Brannum (Jamestown/Greeneview) pitched the last 1.1 innings.
Heidelberg tallied six hits, but freshman designated hitter Trevor Oldham (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) went hitless and snapped his 13-game hitting streak.
Colton Newell and Alex Vaccaro each went 2-for-3 at the plate for Muskingum and scored two runs, while Darren Garrett and Nick Raymond drove in two runs apiece.
Todd Spadaro pitched a complete game, surrendering just six hits while striking out eight.
In the second game, Muskingum plated two runs in the second and jumped out to a 7-0 lead with a five-run fifth.
A sacrifice fly by senior left fielder Ross Pruitt (Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) in the bottom half of the inning got Heidelberg on the board, but the Fighting Muskies negated the run in the fourth with another tally of their own.
The Student Princes put together a four-run rally in the fifth, aided by Lizcano’s long ball, his sixth of the season. Lizcano also rapped out a RBI double the seventh.
Muskingum tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth.
Lizcano was 2-for-5 with a double, four RBI and a run in game two. Freshman third baseman Steve Kisan (Lakewood/St. Edward) went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs and Martin was 2-for-3 with a run.
Sophomore righty Chris Thomas (Canton/Perry) allowed seven runs (five earned) on seven hits over 2.1 innings before be relieved by freshman righty Ryan Minteer (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township). Minteer hurled 4.2 innings and allowed one run (unearned) and fanned a pair. Junior right hander Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) allowed one run on two hits in a third of an inning. Brannum recorded the final five outs, but allowed four runs (two) earned on three hits.
Alex Vaccaro was 3-for-5 with three runs and Dirk Malone drove in four runs to lead the Muskies at the plate.
Matt Free started and pitched 6.0 innings, allowing five runs (one earned) on eight hits, and earned the victory to improve to 2-2. Colten Maxwell worked 1.2 innings in relief and Logan Addison closed the game without allowing a hit.
Next week, the Berg opens a four-game road trip Wednesday, April 11 at Ohio Northern University before facing rival Marietta on Saturday, April 14.