Saturday's cold weather couldn't keep Heidelberg in check as the Student Princes swept Mount Union 6-0 and 15-5 in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader on Senior Day.
Left fielder Derek Hug had a two-run triple and a solo homer to lead Heidelberg in the first game.
Arneal Squibb and Steve Morse both added a single and RBI and Andrew Zenczak singled and scored to help Ethan Holt (4-1) get the complete-game win.
The senior benefited from some solid defensive efforts. Ben Blystone made a diving catch in the third. Jordan Martin made a diving stop on a ball hit to third and threw to second for a force. In the fourth, Zenczak handled a tricky bouncer that hit the mound and caught the lip of the infield at shortstop. Zenczak went to his backhand to initiate a 6-4-3 double play to end the sixth.
Holt walked five and struck out six to improve to 4-1. Despite missing his junior year to injury, Holt has amassed 22 wins during his career.
"It's been a shot in the arm to get Ethan back," coach Matt Palm said. "He stabilizes the rotation and he helps the whole team feel comfortable."
The defensive help continued in the second game for freshman righthander Steve Huber. Zenczak made a diving stop in the hole at short, popped up and made a strong throw to get the runner at first in the fifth. The infielders twisted two double plays to help Huber.
Meanwhile, the Student Princes (18-13, 7-7 OAC) rolled up a 15-0 lead by the end of the sixth inning before Mount Union finally found the scoreboard.
Bellevue graduate Adam Manner relieved Huber to start the seventh and ran into trouble. After allowing a pair of hits and a pair of walks in a third of an inning, Manner departed with the bases loaded. Teddy Lowe relieved but allowed all inherited runners to score before he could get out of the inning.
Huber threw six innings and allowed three hits and struck out two to pick up his first collegiate win.
Senior Danny Kilger worked a scoreless eighth inning.
Senior Tyler Fruhwirth worked the ninth, pitching to Martin, who shifted from third to behind the plate. Normally a starter, Fruhwirth allowed a run to score, but closed the game out.
Alex Grove homered, singled and drove in two runs for Heidelberg, Joe Staab went 3 for 5 with three RBIs, two runs and a double, Morse ended 3 for 4 with two runs, Margin had three RBIs off a double and single and Zenczak added three runs and a double.
Derek Hug also scored three times and singled, Doug Miller tallied two runs and two singles and T.J. Harkness chased in three runs with two singles.
"We've worked hard on being patient, taking tough pitches and waiting for their opportunity to drive the ball," Palm said. "From that approach, we've increased the number of baserunners and have yielded some big innings."
The wins move Heidelberg into fifth place in the OAC, but the fourth seed of the tournament because of Baldwin Wallace's self-imposed postseason ban.
TU splits with No. 9 Lakers
Amber Young threw a five-hit shutout to help Tiffin take the first game, 5-0, but Grand Valley State's Miranda Cleary hit a game-ending solo homer in the bottom of the seventh in the second game for a 4-3 win as the teams split a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader.
Young got help early against No. 9 Grand Valley State.
The Dragons had Emily Shaw at third and Caitlin Houk at second with two outs when shortstop Briauna Taylor misplayed Madison Yanek's grounder to allow two runs to score.
Shaw and Jena King ended with two hits each for TU, and Young fanned eight and scattered five hit and two walks to get the win.
The second game went back and forth. Grand Valley State, the home team in the nightcap, led 2-0 after the third inning.
Tiffin (15-21, 9-9 GLIAC) tied the game in the fifth. Kassie Sepeda scored from second when the Lakers committed two errors on Kristen Prokopakis' grounder. Prokopakis reached third on the play and scored off Cassandra Brown's single.
Katie Martin's solo homer in the sixth put Grand Valley State (28-4, 16-2) up 3-2, but TU knotted the game again in the top of the seventh when King walked, went to second a sac bunt and scored on an error when Sepeda singled to right.
Young (8-5) suffered the loss after Cleary's homer.