Chillicothe, Ohio - The Tigers continued their theme of getting out to early leads as they scored five in the first inning of their second straight elimination game of the day and topped Denison by a 12-1 score. With the win, DePauw remained alive in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.
DePauw improved to 21-19 and will face Wooster at 1 p.m. on Saturday, while Denison finished its season at 21-21. The Tigers need to defeat the Fighting Scots twice to win the double-elimination tournament. It's a similar position to where the Tigers found themselves two years ago before dropping the "if necessary" game to Wooster.
In tonight's win, Michael Hartnagel and Robbie Stein led off with walks in the first before Zach Starr singled home Hartnagel. Cory Meixner flied out to right, moving Stein to third. Brendon Pashia reached on an error that allowed Stein to score. Connor Einertson then delivered a two-run triple and scored on Ryan Grippo's base hit. The Tigers have scored at least three runs in the opening inning of all three tournament games with a total of 12 in the initial frame.
Meixner led off the DePauw third by walking and scored on Pashia's double. Einertson followed with an infield single and Grippo plated Pashia with a double to make it 7-0.
Denison reached the board in the seventh as Tucker Davison led off by being hit by a pitch before Nick Marsit, Zac Lewinski and George Montes followed with infield singles to make it 7-1. Michael Chiaro replaced Wyatt Spector on the mound and struck out the next two hitters and inducted a fielder's choice grounder for the final out.
Pashia led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and scored on Einertson's double. Grippo's grounder moved Einertson to third. J.B. McCallum was hit by a pitch and Hartnagel scored Einertson with a single. Stein then made it 10-1 with a single to right center.
The Tigers' final two runs came in the eighth as Meixner led off with a walk and scored on Einertson's second triple of the day. Grippo rounded out the scoring with an RBI single up the middle.
Einertson went 5-for-5, drove in four, scored three with two doubles and two triples. Stein and Grippo each followed with three of DePauw's 15 hits, while Pashia had a pair.
The Big Red totaled eight hits as Montes had three.
Spector improved to 5-3 after striking out six in six innings, while Johnny Funkhouser dropped to 3-3. Chiaro collected his first save of the season and struck out five in three innings.