TIFFIN, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University softball team once again earned a conference doubleheader split, this time at home against the University of Mount Union.
Heidelberg (12-14, 5-7 OAC) took game one by a score of 3-2, before dropping game two 7-1. The Purple Raiders sit at 15-15 overall and 3-9 in conference.
GAME ONE: HEIDELBERG 3 MOUNT UNION 2
Heidelberg got out of the gates early and put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Bethany Redman walked before Stephanie Drapp doubled to left field to put runners on second and third. Casey Moore then singled to bring Redman home. Joanna Catalano then reached on a fielding error that enabled Drapp to score the second run.
Drapp then cruised through the top of the second in the pitching circle before Bailee Faulkner scored what proved to be the decisive run. Faulkner led off with a double down the left field line and came around to score on a pair of wild pitches by the Mount Union pitcher.
Mount then benefited from a costly two-out error by the Berg defense that led to a pair of runs in the top half of the third.
The last four innings proved to be a pitchers' dual as both Drapp (9-3) and Alexandra Pasco (8-5) allowed just three combined hits over the final four frames.
With a runner on third, Drapp slammed the door shut and induced a ground ball out in the seventh to seal her ninth win of the season. Drapp sprayed six hits and two runs (zero earned) across her eighth complete game of the season.
GAME TWO: MOUNT UNION 7 HEIDELBERG 1
A scoreless first two innings passed by in game two before Mount Union erupted for four in the top half of the third to prove decisive. Three consecutive singles loaded the bases. Maggie Dominick then stepped to the plate and doubled down the left field line and cleared the bases.
Later in the inning, with runners on the corners, Mount pulled off a double steal and went ahead 4-0.
Things remained quiet for both teams until the Purple Raiders tacked onto their lead in the top of the sixth. A lead off walk came around to score as a double scored Hannah Ingram. With two on, Emily Hume's single to left center scored two more runs.
In the bottom of the seventh, Heidelberg found the plate to end the shutout, but that proved to be simply consolation. Leah Bouillon singled to right center and advanced to third on a throwing error. Abby Barno, who had previously singled, came around to score on the error.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
In between games, Heidelberg honored seniors Joanna Catalano, Morgan Daniels, Erica Leber, Becca Radabaugh and Abby Barno for their contributions to the softball program. The five ladies were members of the 2016 OAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Regionals qualifying team that won 30 games, the second most in program history.
With three hits today, Casey Moore improved her batting average to a league-leading .462.
Raye Hammond snapped a nine-game hitless streak dating back to the spring break trip to Florida with a pinch hit single to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning of game two.
FOR THE OPPONENT:
Allie Goldy led the Purple Raiders with three hits on the day. Ashley Cascio picked up her first win of the season in the pitching circle in game two.
The Student Princes will not travel to Wooster tomorrow for a non-conference doubleheader. The doubleheader has been moved to April 28. HU will travel to Baldwin Wallace on Tuesday for another OAC twinbill.