UNIVERSITY CIRCLE, Ohio—Case Western Reserve outdueled the Heidelberg University softball team, 3-2 in eight innings, today in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader at Mather Park in University Circle, Ohio, but the Berg came back to take game two, 9-1 in five innings, and force a split.
Heidelberg (11-9, 1-2 Ohio Athletic Conference) tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the sixth inning with a two-run single by senior first baseman Bessie Artino (Bellevue).
Both teams put two runners on base in the seventh, but could not move a run across the plate, sending the game into extra innings.
Rebecca Taylor retired the ‘Berg side in the eighth and the Spartans (18-11, 3-5 University Athletic Association) took the first game on a walk-off single by Makenzie Lein.
Artino was 1-for-4 at the plate and accounted for both runs batted-in.
Junior left hander Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) worked a complete game, surrendering eight hits and striking out a pair, but fell to 4-4.
Gene Roberts was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for CWRU.
Taylor also pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out nine to climb to 13-9.
Another RBI single by Artino in the first inning of the second game gave the Berg an early lead before it batted around in the sixth and scored six runs. Sophomore left fielder Julie Okorn (Euclid), sophomore center fielder Jami Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel) and senior designated hitter Lexie Pinkelman (Metamore/Evergreen) each doubled in the inning.
Chelsea Lasky stole home in the fourth, giving the Spartans their only run of the game.
The Tri-Color added two more runs in the fifth and freshman right hander Christine Foster (Luckey/Eastwood) retired the side in the seventh to cut the game short.
Wagner was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run, Artino went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run, and Okorn was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
In just her third start of the season, Foster scattered two runs over 5.0 innings and improved to 3-0.
Christina Hunger lasted just 1.2 innings in the circle, allowing seven runs (two earned) on five hits and suffered the loss to fall to 5-2. Taylor came on in relief and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits in 2.1 innings.
Heidelberg closes its 10-game road swing Friday in an OAC doubleheader at Muskingum University in New Concord.