FORT MEYERS, Fla - The Heidelberg baseball team sure is having fun in the sun.
No, the Student Princes are not building sandcastles on the beach. They're off to a 4-0 start opening their 2013 season in Florida.
The Student Princes swept a doubleheader Tuesday, first topping Dominican University 9-3, then coming back to down Alvernia 6-3.
In the opener, Ryan Minteer and Ben Sniezek combined to shut down Dominican striking out 16. Minteer pitched the first six innings, allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out nine. Sniezek closed out the game pitching the final three frames allowing one run on two hits while striking out seven.
Arneal Squibb starred at the plate, going 4 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. T.J. Harkness singled, doubled, scored a pair and drove in three. Doug Miller added a pair of RBIs while Alex Grove and Andrew Zenczak also drove in runs.
The day's second game featured the return to the mound of Ethan Holt, who sat out the entire 2012 season injured. Holt went the distance, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out 10 Alvernia batters.
"His first time out in two years, to throw a complete game ... Ethan really wanted the ball," said Heidelberg coach Matt Palm. "Avernia is a really good team and Ethan did an excellent job keeping them off-balance."
The Student Princes struck first with three runs in the third. Harkness brought home Zenczak on a sac-fly. Later in the inning, Grove laced a two-run single to widen the lead, as the 'Berg catcher had three hits in the game. Squibb picked up another pair of hits and an RBI. Eric Monroe also drove in a run.
As a team, Heidelberg is hitting .346 through the year's first four games, with Squibb leading the way with a .625 average.
Dragon lacrosse drops opener
Tiffin fell behind Shepherd college 6-1 in the season opener at Frost-Kalnow Stadium. But the Dragons shook off the early struggles to rally for a 11-9 lead with 14:30 to play. However, Shepherd posted the game's final four goals, and left town win a 13-11 win.
TU's Alexandria Quast scored the game's first goal, only to see Shepherd (4-0) respond with six unanswered. The Dragons closed the opening half on a 5-1 run to get within a goal at the break.
Quast finished with four goals while Emily Roussel had three. Katelyn Hill scored a pair and Kalie Weinheimer and Alexis MacMillan also found the back of the net for the Dragons.
In goal, TU's Jessica Bombard made 13 saves.
TU's Dykes, HU's Sykes going to Senior Bowl
Tiffin wide receiver Obadiah Dykes, and Heidelberg linebacker Craig Sykes have been selected to play in the 2013 Ohio vs. Michigan Senior Bowl. The game is now in its fourth year, but for the first time will match stars from Ohio colleges against their counterparts from Michigan. The game features top collegiate players from all levels of college football including NCAA FBS, FCS, D-II, DIII and NAIA.
The Senior Bowl will be played Apr. 20 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
TU golf takes fifth in the desert
HENDERSON, Nev. - Tiffin posted a two-day total of 635, good for fifth place at the Las Vegas Desert Classic. West Florida edged out Midwestern State 611-612 to take the team title.
Andrew Bolinger was the Dragons' top overall finisher tying for 29th with a 158.