Heidelberg's softball team opened its home and Ohio Athletic Conference slate with a pair of tight games with Capital Saturday.
Unfortunately for the Student Princes, neither contest went their way, as they fell, 3-1 and 7-5 to the Crusaders.
In the first game, Heidelberg's offense was stifled by Capital's Brooke Billings, who yielded just two hits and an unearned run over a complete seven innings. She struck out three and walked a pair on her way to a 4-2 record. Marissa Smego drove in Heidelberg's only run.
Heidelberg's Ali Sayre pitched well, allowing three runs, two earned, in a complete-game loss. She allowed nine hits, striking out four and not walking a batter. She fell to 3-3.
Devan Boggs led the Crusaders' offense, going 4 for 4 and driving in a pair of runs.
In the second game, Maura Rose's two-out RBI double in the seventh broke a 5-all tie and pushed the Crusaders to a sweep.
Heidelberg trailed 5-1 going to the sixth, and loaded the bases with no one out. Lisa Simmons singled to make it 5-2, then Kayla Zachrich hit a sacrifice fly to bring the Princes within two. Mikaela Mitsch followed that with another single, making it 5-4 and putting runners at the corners. A wild pitch by Billings, who had come on in relief the inning before, brought home the tying run.
Billings got the win. She allowed three hits, but only one run was charged to her.
Boggs homered in the second game for the Crusaders, who improved to 9-5.
Paige Atterholt took the loss for the 'Berg. She pitched three innings in relief, but allowed the deciding runs in the seventh.
HU fell to 6-6.
Stein helps keep BG's season alive
BOWLING GREEN - Columbian graduate Jill Stein scored a career-high 16 points - including 13 straight - as Bowling Green's women's basketball team rallied to knock off Duquesne 61-54 at the Stroh Center.
Stein has been at her best in the postseason. She's scored in double digits five times this season. She has done it in each of the last four games.
The second-round Women's NIT victory pushes the Falcons into the tournament's third round, where it will play Thursday, again at home, against Drexel.
HU bats cold again
For the second time in as many days, Heidelberg's offense was as cold as the weather outside.
Case Western Reserve, behind a complete-game six-hitter from Jarrett Gish, defeated the Student Princes, 4-1.
It was the second straight game in which HU's offense consisted of one unearned run.
Gish went a full nine innings, striking out four and walking two in improving his record to 2-0.
Matt Keen led the Spartans (8-4) on offense, reaching base four times, doubling, scoring twice and driving in a run.
Heidelberg starter Ryan Minteer took the loss, allowing four runs over six innings, but only two of those runs were earned. He dropped to 1-3 as HU fell to 10-5. Heidelberg did get three scoreless innings of relief from Ben Sniezek, who allowed just one hit.
Ben Blystone had two hits and an RBI for the Student Princes.
Dragons fall on road
COLUMBUS - Tiffin jumped out to a lead in the first game but couldn't hold on, falling 10-5. In game two, Tiffin never could keep up with Ohio Dominican, falling 5-2.
In the opener, Ryan Williams hammered a home run in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead. The Panthers, however, responded with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to seal the victory.
In the closer, Tiffin trailed 2-0 early but tied it up in the fourth before Ohio Dominican tallied three more runs in the fifth.
Tiffin couldn't respond.
Tayler Glass had two of TU's four hits, including a double.
Tiffin now stands 8-11, 2-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.