GRANVILLE, Ohio – Heidelberg University baseball was swept by Denison University in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday. The Big Red won the first game 8-5 before winning 10-8 in the nightcap.
On the day, Derek Hug (Bryan) finished with four hits. Ben Blystone (Brownsburg, IN) had three hits coming off the bench in the second contest.
Heidelberg (19-15) scored twice in the first inning of the opening game. After the first two batters struck out, the Student Princes strung together five consecutive singles, including RBI hits from Hug and Steve Morse (Scottsdale, AZ/Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, MI).
Denison (21-12) rebounded with three runs in the third off of ‘Berg starter Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek). Fruhwirth (2-5) was saddled with the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits through six innings.
Though they scored a run on a throwing error in the sixth, Heidelberg didn’t truly threaten again until the top of the ninth. The Student Princes plated a pair of runs but could not climb out of the five run hole.
Christian Verde (Highland Heights/Mayfield) threw two innings of relief in his varsity debut. The sophomore allowed one run on two hits.
In the second game, the Big Red raced out to a 7-0 lead off Heidelberg starter Kyle Fluharty (Plymouth/Willard). Six of the seven runs Fluharty (1-2) allowed in 2.1 innings were earned.
Down a touchdown, head coach Matt Palm’s crew began to chip away. Jordan Martin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) notched a two-run single as part of a four-run fourth.
Trailing 9-4, Heidelberg put three runs on the board in the fifth. After Blystone hit a two-run double, Martin followed with an RBI groundout.
The Denison kept The Berg off the board until the ninth. Joe Staab (Bellville/Clear Fork) hit a sacrifice fly to score Blystone, but Heidelberg would strand the tying run on first to end the game.
On Saturday, Heidelberg will travel to University Heights for a critical OAC doubleheader with John Carroll University. Both schools are hungry for conference wins as the push toward the postseason continues.