BEXLEY, Ohio—The Heidelberg University softball team opened Ohio Athletic Conference play today, falling to Capital University, 6-5 in 10 innings, at Clowson Field in Bexley, Ohio. The second game of what was scheduled to be a doubleheader was halted in the fifth inning due to darkness and will not count toward the OAC standings.
A two-run double by senior right handed pitcher Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora/Evergreen) with two outs in the top of the third inning knotted the score, 2-2, and the Berg (9-7, 0-1 OAC) increased its lead to 5-2 after rallying for three runs—again with two outs—in the fourth inning on RBI singles by sophomore second baseman Erica Huffman (Strongsville) and sophomore center fielder Jami Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel).
Capital (12-5, 1-0 OAC) tallied a run in the bottom half of the fourth and tied the score in the sixth when Devan Boggs hit a two-run home run.
Neither team could score in the seventh to force extra innings. A bases loaded single by Brooke Billings in the 10th gave the Crusaders the win in the first game.
Wagner was 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored in the first game. On the mound, Pinkelman took Heidelberg into the 10th inning, allowing 13 hits and striking out 11, but fell to 3-3.
Lexi Majoy, Kelsey Swain, Boggs and Billings each had a pair of safeties for Capital. Alyssa Patznick worked all 10 on the mound and allowed eight hits and struck out nine to earn the win.
The Berg continues its 10-game road trip tomorrow Saturday at Wilmington College in an OAC doubleheader at 1 p.m.