DePauw Earns Saturday Sweep Over Wittenberg
Greencastle, Ind.- The Tigers were back at Walker Field hosting Wittenberg in their final North Coast Athletic Conference series of the season. DePauw jumped out to a fast start on their way to a Saturday sweep, winning game one, 8-1, and taking the nightcap, 12-7.
In game one, Robbie Stein doubled with one out and advanced to third on a passed ball. Cory Meixner reached on a fielder's choice plating Stein. Brendon Pashia followed with an RBI double to right center making the score 2-0.
DePauw struck again in the bottom of the third helped out by three walks and an error. Pashia drew a bases loaded walk forcing in Stein from third. The Tigers were able to extend the lead to 3-0 without collecting a hit in the third.
Wittenberg scored their only run in the fourth aided by a DePauw error. Tyler Hutchinson drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on an error. Josh Kaplan laid down a sacrifice bunt and Alex Lochard grounded out plating Hutchinson.
Paul Mpistolarides was hit by a pitch to start the bottom half of the fourth and J.B. McCallum reached on an error. Michael Hartnagel's bunt single loaded the bases and Stein's sacrifice fly plated Mpistolarides making the score 4-1.
Zach Starr continued the inning by getting hit with a pitch. Meixner plated McCallum with a sacrifice fly and Pashia doubled to center driving in two, extending DePauw's lead to six.
DePauw added an insurance run in the sixth inning on Pashia's sacrifice fly. Stein started the inning with a single and moved to third on Starr's double to center. Pashia delivered with a fly ball to right, plating Stein.
Freshman Riley Futterknecht went the distance for DePauw, scattering three hits and giving up one unearned run, while striking out seven. Frank Sullivan took the loss for Wittenberg after going 3.1 innings and giving up three earned runs on four hits.
Game two proved to be an offensive explosion, featuring 29 total hits and just one scoreless inning. DePauw put up a five spot in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Stein delivered a one-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Starr followed with a triple to right center plating Stein.
Meixner drew a walk and Pashia's single down the left field line scored Starr from second. Collin Henry continued the Tigers' hit parade, tagging a double to left center that scored two. Henry would advance to third on a wild pitch and score as the catcher's throw got passed the third baseman.
Up 5-0, DePauw added a run in the bottom of the second led by Starr. McCallum drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but was thrown out at third on Hartnagel's fielder's choice. A pair of wild pitches would move Hartnagel to third and Starr's single to deep short would plate Hartnagel.
Although they trailed 6-0, Wittenberg battled back scoring two runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Will Cousins delivered a two-out, two-run single to center in the third and David Moore delivered another two-out, two-run single to right in the fourth.
Cousins drew a one-out walk and scored on Ben Dobrowolski's double down the left field line. Dobrowolski moved to third on Brandon Jordan's single and would score on a passed ball to tie the game at six.
DePauw regained the lead for good in the sixth inning, scoring three runs in the frame. McCallum drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Hartnagel's bunt single. Stein singled to center plating McCallum and Hartnagel would score on a Wittenberg error on the play. Starr singled to center driving in Stein from second.
Starr would play a key part in the bottom half of the eighth as his homerun highlighted a three-run DePauw inning. Stein got things going with a double to left center and would walk home, as Starr's bomb to left center would clear the bases. Ryan Grippo drew a bases loaded walk forcing in Meixner for the Tigers' third run of the inning.
Wittenberg managed to push across one run in the top half of the ninth on Cousins RBI single to left.
J.T. Timmer picked up the win after working 4.2 innings in relief, giving up one run on seven hits. Alex Lochard took the loss for Wittenberg, going two innings and giving up three runs.
The two teams meet tomorrow to finish up their four-game series. Game one is scheduled for a noon start.