TIFFIN -- The Heidelberg University baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive with a doubleheader sweep of Muskingum University on Saturday. HU won 3-1 in the opener and 6-2 in the nightcap -- improving to 19-11 on the season and 7-7 in the rugged Ohio Athletic Conference.
GAME ONE: BERG 3-9-0 MUSK 1-5-1
Starter Trevor Adkins (3-0) threw a sorely-needed gem for the Student Princes. He went eight innings of three-hit ball, fanning 11. His only blemish was a leadoff homer in the fifth that broke a scoreless tie.
The Berg responded in the bottom of the inning. After Jordan Beacorn and Marc Ochoa singled, Joe Walton walked to load the bases. Joey Rydzewski singled to short, plating Beacorn. Evan Long followed with an RBI groundout.
Heidelberg added another run in the sixth. Darrin Shirk smoked a double to the wall in left center to lead off. He scored when Ochoa reached on an error by the shortstop.
With the lead, Adkins allowed his defense to go to work. Rydzewski made a sensational diving play on a hard bouncer up the middle in the seventh.
Closer Joey Wenning relieved Adkins to start the ninth, and the first two reached with basehits. With one down, Long ranged to his left and fielded a ball at second. He threw to Rydzewski for the force out. Rather than throwing to first, Rydzewski spun and threw behind the lead runner at third. The result was a game-ending 46526 double play, giving Wenning his fifth save of the year.
GAME TWO: BERG 6-9-0 MUSK 2-8-2
Two fielding errors and sacrifice flies by Kyle Slovick and Shirk gave Heidelberg a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
After the Muskies scored once in the top of the fourth, Heidelberg answered in the bottom of the inning. Joe Sefik was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a one-out single by Ochoa. With two down, Rydzewski plated Sefik with a bouncer up the middle into center field.
In the fifth, Matt Psychas drew a one-out walk. While attempting to steal second, Psychas alertly went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on another sac fly by Shirk, giving the hosts a 4-1 lead.
Alex Sir Louis (4-0) threw seven strong innings, scattering seven hits and striking out one.
Muskingum inched closed with a run in the seventh off of Sir Louis, who travels to home games on a tandem bicycle -- but as they had all day, Heidelberg responded immediately. Evan Long singled and worked his way to third. With two outs and runners on the corners, Long scored on a double steal. Shirk scored on a basehit by Sefik
Rydzewski's defense continued to dazzle in the second game with more diving plays and strong throws.
Brady Ansara worked two scoreless innings in relief of Sir Louis.
A quick turnaround has the Student Princes traveling to Ohio Wesleyan for a Sunday doubleheader. First pitch in Delaware is scheduled for 1 p.m.