WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Heavy rainfall on Friday seemed to hinder the Heidelberg University softball team in game one of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. After Friday's games were moved to Saturday, the No. 2 seeded Student Princes fell to No. 3 seed Capital University, 10-1 in five innings.
This will be the first year Heidelberg will have to come out of the consolation bracket, as the team has won the first game of the tournament the past two seasons.
The Student Princes plated their lone run run in the bottom of the first inning. Taylor Hicks led off with a single down the third base line. After advancing on a sacrifice bunt from Renee Lovett, Hicks scampered to third when Bailey Smith reached on an error.
Clean-up hitter Abbey McKee laid down a successful squeeze bunt to score Hicks and give the Berg a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Four walks forced in a run with two outs for the Crusaders in the top of the second. With the bags still loaded, Morgan Fadel drove a double to the right centerfield fence to bring in two more for Capital.
The next hitter reached on an error, allowing two more Crusaders to cross home plate, moving the score to 5-1. Freshman Emily Cantley delivered the big blast -- a two run homerun to left centerfield, her first of the season.
The Crusaders tacked on another run in the third, courtesy of another double by Fadel.
Capital's starter Amber Martinelli threw 55 pitches and allowed just one hit -- the leadoff single to Hicks.
HU's pitching staff combined for eight free passes -- seven walks and one hit batter.
The Berg will play at 4 p.m. this afternoon. They will play the loser of the No. 1 Otterbein vs. No. 4 Mount Union game, which is scheduled to begin at noon.