April 19, 2014

Tigers Split Doubleheader with Bears

St. Louis, Mo. - DePauw southpaw Riley Futterknecht tossed a complete game win in the opener against Washington University and helped the Tigers to a doubleheader split with the Bears. DePauw won the first game, 3-2, but lost the nightcap, 6-5, to move to 11-14 on the season, while Washington is now 17-15.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the second when Kyle Kozak's single scored Andrew Dwoskin. Kyle Billig was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second that ended the inning. 

DePauw knotted the score in the fourth when Brendon Pashia led off with a single and moved to third on Connor Einertson's base hit. Zach Wade, making his first collegiate start, singled for the second time in the game and drove in Pashia. 

Washington regained the lead in the fourth with an unearned run, but DePauw came right back in the top of the fifth when Cory Meixner plated Zach Starr with a single to center. Starr started the two-out rally with a single and moved to second when Pashia walked.

The teams entered the ninth tied, 2-2, before DePauw's Michael Hartnagel led off with a single and moved to second on Collin Henry's sacrifice bunt. Hartnagel moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Starr lifted a sacrifice fly to center.

The Bears put runners on the corners in the bottom of the ninth, but the Tigers nailed pinch-runner Dylan Reid at the plate after Andrew Goldstick hit a grounder to Ryan Grippo at second and he threw to the plate where Wade applied the tag. Wade then threw out pinch-runner Stewart Martens at third to end the game.

Hartnagel and Wade each had two of DePauw's nine hits, while Brandon Deger and Kozak each had two of the Bears' eight.

Making just his second collegiate start, Futterknect allowed one earned run over nine innings to move to 1-0. Stephen Bonser dropped to 1-1 with the loss.

DePauw scored two in the opening frame of the second games as Hartnagel and Robbie Stein singled to start the game. Hartnagel moved to third when Starr flied out and scored from third on a balk. Stein came home when Meixner reached on an error.

Zack Kessinger's single in the bottom of the first scored C.J. Price before Chris Lowery's double brought home Kessinger. Lowery scored and made it 3-2 when Dwoskin reached on an error. 

DePauw tied the contest in the second when Hartnagel's triple scored Grippo and took the lead in the third when Meixner tripled home Starr.

Dwoskin's double in the fifth scored Deger before Goldstick's grounder in the sixth plated Billig and Price's single scored Max Golembo to make it 6-4.

The Tigers added their final run in the eighth when Grippo doubled and scored on pinch-hitter Ryan Hurston's single in his first collegiate plate appearance.

Hartnagel had two of DePauw's six hits, while Kessinger had three of the Bears' 11 with Dwoskin adding two.

Michael Chiaro went the distance and dropped to 0-4 with three of the six runs being unearned. Kunal Patel improved to 3-1 with Scott Nelson picking up his first save.

DePauw returns to play on Wednesday, April 23, with a 4 p.m. North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Denison.