DePauw Pounds out 16 Hits, but Wooster's Seven-Run Eighth Too Much

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Chillicothe, Ohio - DePauw outhit Wooster, 16-14, and twice held three-run leads, but the Fighting Scots battled back and used a 7-run eighth to take a 15-10 win over the Tigers in the first game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.

DePauw dropped to 19-19, while Wooster improved to 28-13. The Tigers face Allegheny at 4 p.m. tomorrow after the Gators lost to Denison, 5-3.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first as Michael Hartnagel led off with a single and Robbie Stein drove him in with a double to right. Cory Meixner singled and Brendon Pashia was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Connor Einertson's fielder's choice forced Stein at the plate, but Ryan Grippo delivered a two-out, two-run double to right center.

Brendan Taylor led off the Wooster second with a homer. Frank Vance followed with a double, moved to third on Cal Thomay's grounder and scored when Craig Day grounded out.

DePauw extended the lead to 4-2 in the third when Meixner doubled and moved to third on an error on the play. Pashia followed with a ground out that plated Meixner.

Zac Mathie's two-run blast in the fifth tied the game at 4-4 and Wooster gained a one-run lead in the sixth when Thomay led off with a walk, moved to second on Day's sacrifice bunt and scored on Bryan Miller's single to right center.

The Tigers came right back as J.B. McCallum led off the DePauw seventh with a double and later scored on Stein's single. Stein stole second before Zach Starr singled and both came home on Meixner's double. Meixner advanced to third on the throw and scored when Einertson lifted a sacrifice fly to left to make it 8-5.

Wooster evened the score at 8-8 in the seventh as Thomay brought home two with a bases loaded single and Day drove in one with a sacrifice fly.

Once again, DePauw had an answer as Stein drew a two-out walk and Starr singled. Meixner drove in Stein with a single. 

That lead was short-lived as Wooster scored seven in the bottom of the eighth. John McLain led off by reaching on an error and Miller followed with a bunt single. Jarrod Mancine drove in McLain with a double and Eddie Reese plated two with a single. Mathie singled and Vance was intentionally walked before Thomay cleared the bases with a triple. Day reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on a passed ball.

Einertson led off the ninth with a double before Grippo walked and pinch-hitter Lucas Italiano singled to load the bases. Hartnagel reached on a fielder's choice that scored Einertson for the game's final run.

Meixner led DePauw with four of its 16 hits, while Stein added three with Starr and Grippos with two each. Mathie had three of Wooster's 14 hits with Mancine, Reese, Thomay and Miller adding two apiece. 

Michael Whitaker picked up the win for Wooster after pitching the eighth inning and improved to 3-0. DePauw's J.T. Timmer dropped to 1-1 in relief of starter Riley Futterknecht.