- Heidelberg scores 11 in the fifth
- 25 players see action
- Rydzewski tallies four hits
FORT MYERS, Florida -- The Heidelberg University baseball team scored early and often, racking up 21 runs in a win over Thiel College on Thursday. The Student Princes pounded out 15 hits and grabbed 14 free bases in the 21-5 drubbing of the Tomcats. Joey Rydzewski had a season-high four hits on the afternoon.
The whitewashing allowed Heidelberg to deploy 25 players into the game. In addition to Rydzewski, three others had multi-hit days -- Parker Fronk, Matt Psychas and Darrin Shirk, each with two hits. Fronk drove in four, while Rydzewski and Evan Long each plated three.
Heidelberg (5-1) stormed out to a 4-0 lead, batting around in the first. With one out, Phil Frazier took a pitch to the ribs, then stole second. Long walked before Fronk drove in two with a line-drive double to the gap in left center. He came around on a single to center by Psychas. With two down, Kyle Slovick struck out, but reached on a wild pitch. After swiping a bag, he dashed home on an RBI single by Shirk.
The Tomcats (1-5) answered with a three-run homer by Andrew Giesey in the bottom half of the frame.
Up 5-3 in the top of the fifth, Heidelberg unloaded. Shirk doubled, Joe Walton walked, and Rydzewski loaded the bases with a bunt single. Frazier drew an RBI walk. After a pitching change, Long contributed a ground ball double just inside the first base bag, scoring two. Fronk followed with his second double of the game, driving in two more. After Psychas and Slovick were plunked, then stole a base. They scored on a double to left by Kyle Jenkins. Shirk was hit by a pitch before Walton sent a bouncer to second that was thrown away. Rydzewski -- an ardent supporter of Detroit basketball -- laced a two-run double to the power alley in left center. The final run scored on a sacrifice fly by Long.
In total, the top of the fifth included: 4 doubles, 4 hit batsmen, 2 walks, 2 singles and 11 runs. The Student Princes sent 14 men to the plate, and led 16-3.
With a litany of substitutions flooding onto the field, Heidelberg managed to add runs in each of the final four innings. Ryan Marasti scored on a groundout in the sixth, Rydzewski scored on a dropped fly ball in the seventh, Jordan Beacorn singled home Marc Ochoa in the eighth and Tyler Smith drove in Kane Bateman in the ninth.
Hunter Hensley started on the mound for Heidelberg. He went a full three innings, allowing eight hits and three runs. Alex Sir Louis (1-0) made his season debut. He fanned three in his three innings of work. Thiel scored one run off Sir Louis in the fourth, and one in the ninth off of Tyler Tofil. In between, Cameron Charbonneau and Zach Doran threw an inning of scoreless relief.
NOTES: In the last two games, Frazier is 0-3 -- but has a .700 on base percentage. He has walked four times and been hit three times. His retribution has come in the form of three stolen bases and four runs scored.
Heidelberg's last 20+ run game came last season in a 20-14 win at Earlham. Since 1970, Heidelberg has scored 20+ runs 23 times.
UP NEXT: Heidelberg plays its lone varsity doubleheader of the week on Friday. They face Moravian at noon and Kean at 4 p.m., both at the North Charlotte Regional Park.