ALLENDALE Mich. - Through 24 games this season, a pattern had developed regarding the Tiffin University baseball team.
Simply put, the Dragons won at home and lost on the road.
TU came into Wednesday's road game at Grand Valley State with a 5-0 record in Tiffin, and an 0-6 record in road games (Tiffin also played 13 "neutral" games, mostly down south. Appropriately, its record is 6-7).
That all changed for the Dragons Wednesday. Joe Perretta was excellent in a seven-inning complete game, allowing five hits and two runs, one earned, as the Dragons won the first game, 3-2.
In the second game, TU's Collin Sallee had three hits and three RBIs leading the Dragons to an 8-3 win over the Lakers.
In the first game, Tiffin got single RBIs from KC Weber, Jordan Stum and Nick Clandra. Roger Christensen had two hits and a run.
Perretta struck out one and walked to in improving to 1-2.
In the second game, Tiffin trailed 3-1 going to the fourth, but erupted for five runs in the fifth to take control. Ryan Williams had two RBIs in the win as Tiffin improved to 13-13, 7-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
David Blalock improved to 1-2 this season, pitching a complete seven innings, striking out and walking seven and allowing three earned runs on seven hits.
Grand Valley State fell to 13-10, 7-3.
'Berg sweeps Bishops
DELAWARE - Mikaela Mitsch hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the first game, propelling Heidelberg to a doubleheader sweep at Ohio Wesleyan.
The Student Princes won 6-3 and 10-2.
In the first game, Marissa Smego also had a big offensive day, going 3 for 3, scoring a run and driving in two. Jami Wagner, a New Riegel graduate, had three hits and scored three runs for HU.
While the offense provided run support, Heidelberg pitcher Ali Sayre did her part, shutting out the Bishops over the first six innings. In the seventh, leading 6-0, she allowed a two-out, three-run homer to Ohio Wesleyan starting pitcher Dani Haley. Sayre improved to 6-3.
She pitched around 15 hits and none of the runs she allowed were earned. She struck out three and walked one.
In the second game, Lisa Simmons had two hits, an RBI and three runs as Heidelberg scored in every inning but two. Bri Sinden smacked a double and drove in three runs.
In the circle, Nicola Gabrielle picked up the win. She allowed two runs, none earned, while striking out five and not walking a batter.
Heidelberg improved to 10-8.
TU lacrosse hammers Oilers
In its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game, Tiffin's lacrosse team won easily over Findlay, 21-8.
Alexandra Quast led the Dragons with nine goals on 15 shots. Emily Roussel had four goals, while Alexis McMillan had three.
Jessica Bombard had 11 saves for Tiffin as it improved to 3-6.
Findlay (2-8, 0-1) got two goals each from Mackenzie Barnwell and Sara Lankton.
Dragons edge Cedarville
Tiffin University's women's tennis team won four of the six singles matches against Cedarville Tuesday, holding on for a 5-4 home win.
Malaika Bora Messi and Valentina Mazzola starred for the Dragons, each winning a singles match, then teaming up to take a doubles contest.
Bora Messi defeated Cedarville's Lili Schuler, 6-1, 6-0, while Mazzola beat Brooke Johnson, 6-2, 6-1.
Bora Messi and Mazzola topped Johnson and Joy Dice, 8-2.
Dice lost in singles play to Abigail Shuster, 6-1, 6-1. Tiffin's other win came when Chelsea Beck knocked off Melissa Stoltzfus, 6-2, 6-3.