PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida -- For the second straight day, the Heidelberg University baseball team defeated a ranked opponent. The Student Princes rallied to beat No. 25 Kean University, 9-6, on the penultimate day of their annual Florida trip. Heidelberg, now 6-2, has won five straight.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After Kean opened the game with a run in the top of the first, Heidelberg tied it in the bottom of the frame. Kane Bateman reached on a throwing error and scored on a triple to right center by Matt Psychas.
The Cougars plated a pair of unearned runs off of Tristan Phillips in the top of the second, taking a 3-1 lead.
The Student Princes cut the lead in half on a bases-loaded single by Bateman, plating Jake Davis.
Kean rebuilt their two-run lead with a run on a squeeze play in the third. The run was charged to Phillips, who went 2+ innings. Phillips allowed four runs (two earned) on two hits, walking two, hitting two and striking out two.
Trailing 6-4 in the sixth, the determined Student Princes grabbed the lead. Psychas started the rally with a one out single to left. Ochoa walked, which elicited a pitching change by Kean. Keaton Mark was hit in the arm by the first pitch, loading the bases. Parker Fronk drew a four-pitch walk, forcing in Psychas. On a 2-2 pitch, Davis sent a bouncing double inside the bag at third, plating a pair -- giving HU a 7-6 lead.
The Student Princes tacked on two in the seventh. Jenkins singled to right center and scored on the second triple of the game for Psychas. Psychas hustled home on a sacrifice fly by Mark.
Short of cueing up "Rattlin' Bog," closer Joey Wenning did everything he could do to wrap up the game in the ninth. Wenning worked a 1-2-3 ninth, notching his third save of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
The two triple performance for Psychas was Heidelberg's first multi-triple game since Trevor Oldham tied a league record with three triples against Manchester in 2014.
Heidelberg winds up their Florida trip on Saturday with a 10 a.m. game against No. 5 Swarthmore.