WILMINGTON, Ohio – When a pitching staff holds an opponent to two runs and seven hits over a 16 inning span, that’s usually the big story.
Unless the offense pounds out 29 runs on 30 hits.
Heidelberg University baseball swept host Wilmington College on Saturday. In the OAC opener for both schools, the Student Princes won 15-0 and 14-2.
Steve Morse (Scottsdale, AZ/Orchard Lake, MI Saint Mary's) and Alex Grove (Canal Fulton/Canton Central Catholic) each had four hits. Grove drove in four and hit his first home run of the season.
In the third inning of game one, Arneal Squibb (Mishawaka, IN) tripled home Morse for the first run of the game. Squibb scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Blystone (Brownsburg, IN). With two outs and the bases empty, Jordan Martin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a single by Andrew Zenczak (Brunswick). Martin scored on a double steal.
With a 3-0 cushion through three innings, Heidelberg erupted for 12 runs over the final four frames.
In the fourth, an RBI single from Martin plated Morse. Later, Blystone scored on a squeeze bunt by Zenczak.
Grove’s homer came with one on and no outs in the fifth, which made the score 7-0.
In the sixth, Heidelberg scored three runs with a hit and three Quaker errors. T.J. Harkness (Fremont/Ross) had an RBI single and Doug Miller (West Friendship, MD/Glenelg Country School) drew a bases loaded walk.
Six hits lifted The Berg to five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 15-0 lead. Zenczak, Miller, Derek Hug (Bryan) and Trevor Oldham (Akron/Hoban) each had RBI singles.
The nightcap was a repeat of the first game.
The Student Princes patched three hits and two errors together to score four times in the second inning. Eric Monroe (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) and Blystone doubled in the frame.
In the third, 14th-year head coach Matt Palm watched his team score three times. With two outs, Monroe was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a single by Morse. After Morse stole second, Squibb hit a two-run single and moved to second on the throw. He scored on a single by Blystone which made the score 7-1.
After Wilmington scored run in the bottom of the third, neither team would score until the top of the seventh.
Doubles by Grove and Morse highlighted a three-run seventh for Heidelberg, which led 10-1.
The Quakers scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the inning.
In the eighth, the Student Princes added their final four runs of the afternoon. Hug tripled and Morse and Martin connected for doubles. Martin’s double brought home two runs.
For the afternoon, ten of Heidelberg’s hits went for extra bases.
“It was great to see some guys really drive the ball,” said Palm, whose team improved to 13-6. “We executed well in all areas today.”
On a day where the offense reigned, ‘Berg pitching was equal to the task.
Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) picked up the win in the first game. Fruhwirth (2-2) allowed one hit over six innings while striking out seven.
Ryan Minteer (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) also threw six innings in his start in game two. Minteer (2-3) allowed one run on four hits. He struck out seven.
Danny Kilger (Novi, MI), Kyle Fluharty (Plymouth/Willard), Ben Sniezek (Dearborn Heights, MI/Crestwood) and Travis Gray (Markle, IN/Norwell) all worked scoreless relief. Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, IN/Carroll) gave up an unearned run out of the bullpen.
Heidelberg will be idle for the holiday weekend before returning to action on Tuesday, when they host Otterbein. “Otterbein will be a big test for us,” said Palm.
The doubleheader at Peaceful Valley will begin at 1 p.m.