Thompson’s Walk-off Single Lifts Tigers to NCAC Championship Game

Thompson’s Walk-off Single Lifts Tigers to NCAC Championship Game

Chillicothe, Ohio – With two outs, a full-count and runners on first and second in the bottom of the 11th, a walk-off single into left field from Jack Thompson sent the DePauw baseball team to a 10-9 win over Wooster on Friday, sending them into the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game.

Before Thompson could play hero, Mike Hammel and Reid Pittard did their part with base hits to get on. Coach Jake Martin put Cade Jones in to pinch run for Hammel and the move paid off as Jones came around to score as Thompson's hit evaded a diving play in left field.

Andrew Quinn (4-2) carried the Tigers into extras for the win. He pitched the final 3.1 innings holding Wooster hitless, striking out one and giving up just one walk.

Wooster's Zach Woullard (5-2) took the loss. He pitched well heading into the 11th and finished by giving up four hits, two walks and one earned run in 3.2 innings of work.

DePauw led by as many as six before a Wooster comeback forced the game into extra innings.

After Wooster scored once in both the first and second innings, with the first being an inside the park home run from Michael Wielansky, DePauw scored three in the bottom of the second to take its first lead. Thompson hit a two-run single, and Tate Stewart walked with the bases loaded.

However, the Tigers did most of their damage with a six-run fourth. The Tigers started their run when Collin Einertson singled to left field to drive home a run, while another run scored on an error by the left fielder. Hammel followed with a two-run double down the left field line, a sacrifice fly by Zack Wade scored another and Pittard had an RBI single to make it a 9-3 game.

DePauw was sitting pretty with a 9-3 lead through five innings but their bats went quiet after the fourth. In fact, they recorded just one hit after the fourth before extra innings came into the picture.

Meanwhile, Wooster put up five runs in the sixth inning to inch closer, highlighted by a three-run home run by Jamie Lackner to knock Futterknecht out of the game after 5.2 innings, 11 hits and four earned runs.

Wooster tied it up at 9-9 with two outs in the top of the eighth. Jack Dillon, who relieved Futterknect, walked Lackner and later balked to put him on second. He gave up his only run in two innings of work when Ryan Ostendorf tripled to right field as a diving Collin Einertson could not make a play.

Andrew Quinn came in from the bullpen and kept the go-ahead run at third, getting Drew Tornow to fly out to left field. Quinn kept Wooster in check and carried the Tigers into extra innings.

Thompson finished 2-for-7 with 3 RBI. Pittard, Lucas Italiano and Ryan Grippo all collected two hits. Hammel finished 3-for-6 with a double and 2 RBI.

In elimination games later in the day, Denison knocked out Ohio Wesleyan 9-3 before beling eliminated themselves against Wooster 6-1. DePauw will meet Wooster in the NCAC Championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday with the "if necessary" game to follow 30 minutes after completion.