BSB: Spring trip ends in heartbreak

BSB:  Spring trip ends in heartbreak
  • Berg ties game in ninth
  • Keystone walks off on a wild pitch
  • Heidelberg heads back to Ohio with a 6-3 record

PUNTA GORDA, Florida -- The Heidelberg University baseball team wrapped up its annual spring trip with a tough 3-2 loss to Keystone College on Saturday. The Student Princes tied the game in the top of the ninth, but the Giants won it with a run in the bottom of the frame. With the loss, The Berg will head back to frigid Ohio with a 6-3 record overall, going 5-3 in the Sunshine State.

Trevor Adkins breezed through the first four innings before Keystone's Adam Kelly hit a two-run homer to left in the fifth. The homer was just the second hit allowed by Adkins to that point. Adkins went seven innings, allowing three hits and fanning seven.

Heidelberg had runners in scoring position in each of the first five innings but couldn't push anything across against Giants starter Dakota McFadden (1-1). The Student Princes began the sixth with a walk to Evan Long and a single by Parker Fronk. Matt Psychas -- a day after his 21st birthday -- sacrificed them over, and Long scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Slovick. With two outs, Marc Ochoa sent a liner to short that was snared to end the inning, with HU still trailing, 2-1.

In the ninth, Psychas led off with a dribbler up the middle that went for an infield hit. With two outs and Psychas on second, pinch hitter Phil Frazier laced a 1-0 single to center, plating the tying run without a throw.

Sam Ankrom (1-1) worked a quick 1-2-3 eighth inning in relief of Adkins. In the ninth inning, a leadoff walk would be Ankrom's undoing. A sacrifice bunt and a flyout pushed the runner to third. Ankrom tried to intentionally walk the next batter, but sent the third pitch to the backstop -- allowing the game winning run to score.

McFadden went the distance, striking out 10 and scattering seven hits.

Upon their return to Ohio, the Student Princes are scheduled for a three-game weekend series with Manchester University -- a doubleheader at Manchester on Saturday and a single game in Tiffin on Sunday.