TIFFIN, Ohio—The University of Mount Union swept the Heidelberg University softball team today in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin, Ohio. The Purple Raiders won the first game, 3-0, and took the nightcap by a 7-6 count.
A run batted-in single by Leigh Siedlak and a RBI groundout to second base by Shelby Carmichael in the top of the first inning got Mount Union (18-18, 8-8 OAC) off to an early 2-0 lead and the Purple Raiders added an insurance run in the fifth.
Senior first baseman Bessie Artino (Bellevue) and junior second baseman Bridget Moran (Lakewood/Senior) recorded the Berg’s (15-15, 5-8 OAC) only two hits, with Artino belting a double.
Senior right handed pitcher Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora/Evergreen) struck out six batters and allowed nine hits in a complete-game effort, but fell to 5-5.
Marissa Earl was 2-for-3 at the plate for Mount Union and scored two runs and Sieldlak was 2-for-3.
Bre Willis hurled a two-hit shutout and struck out 10 batters to improve to 9-8.
In the second game, a RBI single by Pinkelman and a two-run single by sophomore third baseman Kelly Martz (Roseville, Mich./Lakeview) in the bottom of the first gave the Berg a 3-1 lead.
Mount Union scored two unearned runs in the second and another run in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead, but Heidelberg retook a 5-4 advantage in the bottom half of the sixth on a two-run double by Artino.
The Purple Raiders then rallied for two more runs in the seventh for a 7-5 lead.
The Berg plated one in the bottom half on a RBI single by Moran, but couldn’t move another run across to salvage a split.
Sophomore left fielder Julie Okorn (Euclid) was 2-for-4 with a run and sophomore right fielder Melissa Lovati (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Lakeview) was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Artino and Moran each had two RBI.
Pinkelman also started the second game and allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out three, but worked to a no decision. Freshman Christine Foster (Luckey/Eastwood) pitched the final three frames, allowing three runs on five hits, but was saddled with the loss to fall to 3-2.
Siedlak and Brenna Longo each went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and one RBI, respectively. Earl and Keilah Capriola scored two runs apiece.
Rachel McAninch struck out seven and allowed 11 hits in a complete-game and improved to 7-10.
Heidelberg will have a short turnaround before hosting Alma on Monday at 3:30 p.m. The Berg will host its final OAC twinbill of the season Wednesday against Otterbein University.