ADRIAN, Mich. -- After a heartbreaking finish to game one, the Heidelberg University softball team responded with a win in the nightcap to split with Adrian College on Wednesday afternoon. A pinch-hit, walk off home run pushed the Bulldogs over HU, 4-3, before Heidelberg escaped with a 7-6 victory in game two.
The Student Princes now sit at 11-7 on the season.
GAME ONE: Adrian 4 Heidelberg 3
In the fourth, Casey Moore led off the inning with a single up the middle, and was pushed over to second when McKee was hit by a pitch. After the Bulldogs got two flyouts, a double steal allowed the pair to both move into scoring position. Sophomore Leah Bouillon roped a double to left, scoring both runners and putting the Berg ahead 2-0.
Heidelberg's third run of the afternoon came off the bat of Kaitlyn Moore in the sixth, where the sophomore crushed a solo home run.
Getting the nod in the circle, Kaitlyn Moore took a no-hitter into the sixth, where it was broken up by the first batter of the inning. With a runner on third and no outs, the Bulldogs grounded into a double play, but the runner scored, cutting the HU lead to 3-1.
With two on and two out, Adrian's Courtney Young broke the hearts of the Student Princes, hitting a pinch hit walk off home run.
Through 6.2 innings of work, Moore (6-4) struck out ten batters. The Student Princes were only able to put three runs on the board, despite pounding out 10 hits.
GAME TWO: Heidelberg 7 Adrian 6
Similar to game one, the Student Princes drew first blood in the nightcap. Renee Lovett reached on a fielder's choice, and was brought home by a two-run home run from Casey Moore. The blast was followed by a solo shot from McKee, giving HU a 3-0 lead.
Adrian worked its way back in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs to cut the Heidelberg lead to one run. The Bulldogs took a 4-3 lead after four, hitting a two-out, two run double.
McKee pushed the Berg back infront in the fifth, with her second home run of the day. The senior now has 25 career home runs. Heidelberg tacked on a crucial insurance run in the sixth and another home run from Casey Moore in the seventh for a 7-4 advantage.
Looking for another seventh inning rally, the Bulldogs threatened. A double and a single put two runners in scoring position with just one out. After an RBI groundout, Adrian crushed a triple, cutting the lead to just one run. Freshman starter Vanessa Macias slammed the door and got the Berg out of the inning, inducing a groundout to second. Macias scattered eight hits through seven innings, while walking just one hitter.
With her two blasts today, McKee now sits atop the Ohio Athletic Conference with six home runs. The Moore sisters sit right behind her, with Casey having five on the season and Kaitlyn with four. All three homered this afternoon.
Heidelberg is back on the road when it resumes OAC play in Marietta. The twinbill against the Pioneers is scheduled for first pitches at 2 and 4 p.m.