TIFFIN, Ohio—John Carroll University swept the Heidelberg University softball team in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today at Brecken Field in University Heights, Ohio. The Blue Streaks took the first game, 4-2, and the nightcap, 7-5.
JCU (27-13, 12-6 OAC) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth innings by rallying for three runs and tacked on an insurance run in the sixth.
Heidelberg (16-20, 6-11 OAC) got on the board in the seventh when sophomore shortstop Erica Huffman (Strongsville) and senior designated hitter Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora/Evergreen) scored a pair of unearned runs, but the Berg could not continue the rally and fell, 4-2.
Pinkelman was 3-for-4 at the plate in game one with a double and a run scored. Junior second baseman Bridget Moran (Lakewood/Senior) recorded the Berg’s only other hit.
Junior southpaw Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) pitched all 6.0 innings for Heidelberg and struck out seven while walking four and suffered the loss to fall to 6-9.
Heather Hurley and Morgan Robinson each were 2-for-3 with a RBI for JCU.
Brittany Danilov hurled a complete game, striking out 10 and surrendering just four hits.
In game two, the Berg took a 2-1 lead in the second when freshman right fielder Ashley Kessler (North Olmsted) scoring sophomore left fielder Julie Okorn (Euclid) on a sacrifice fly to center field and sophomore third baseman Kelly Martz (Roseville, Mich./Lakeview) scored on an error.
The Blue Streaks tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom half of the frame, but Heidelberg jumped out to a 5-2 lead on a RBI single by Martz in the third and two-run homer by senior first baseman Bessie Artino (Bellevue), her team-high eighth of the season, but the Berg would not be able to move across the plate for the rest of the game.
JCU rallied for five runs in the fifth and held Heidelberg to one hit over the sixth and seventh to secure the win.
Martz was 4-for-4 and Moran was 3-for-4at the plate to lead the Berg. Huffman and Artino also had a pair of hits.
Pinkelman battled through 6.0 innings and struck out seven batters, but suffered the loss to fall to 5-7.
Erin Riccardi was 2-for-3 with a double, home run, four RBI and two runs scored to pace the Blue Streaks.
Trisha Pike pitched the first 3.1 innings, allowing all five runs (three earned) on nine hits and worked to a no decision. Danilov closed the final 3.2 innings and struck out four to earn her second win of the day and improve to 19-5.
The Berg will close the 2012 season tomorrow when it faces The College of Wooster in a non-conference match at 6 p.m. on Senior Night.