Ft. Myers, Fla. - March 13, 2010 – The Heidelberg University softball team, under the guidance of third-year head coach Betsy Hada, swept its second day’s games at the Gene Cusic Classic, topping North Park University, 11-1, in the first game followed by blanking Smith College, 10-0, in the nightcap. The Berg advances to 4-0 on the year.
In game one, junior pitcher Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora, Ohio / Evergreen) earned her second win of the season, throwing six innings with five strikeouts and only giving up one unearned run off three hits.
Leading the offense was Bessie Artino (Bellevue, Ohio / Bellevue) who went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI and a double. Artino earned her first homerun of the season which brought home sophomore Hannah Brumit (Stone Creek, Ohio / New Philadelphia), who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. Also bringing a big bat was junior All-OAC Megan Reinhart (Tiffin, Ohio / Hopewell-Loudon) who went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a double. Sophomore Bridget Moran (Lakewood, Ohio / Lakewood) added three runs scored and earned a double. Heidelberg scored two runs in the first and third inning, followed by three in the fifth and four in the sixth.
In the nightcap, sophomore Ali Sayre (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) earned her first win of the season, pitching five shutout innings, while recording a strikeout and only giving up three hits.
Reinhart torched Smith’s pitchers with four RBI, while going 2-for-3 and earning a double and a triple. Sophomore Lauren Childs (Kingsville, Ohio / Ashtabula Edgewood) went 3-for-4 and had three runs scored, one RBI and two stolen bases. Moran went 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and earned one RBI and a double. Brumit added two RBI and one run, while freshman Erica Huffman (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) got the nod for her first collegiate start at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with one run scored. The Berg scored three in the third, five in the fourth and two in the fifth inning.
Heidelberg continues its Florida swing Tuesday with two games, facing Salem State University (Mass.) 9 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. contest against Curry College (Mass.) both at the Lee County Complex.