Oberlin Hands Tigers First Conference Losses in Saturday Sweep
Oberlin, Ohio- The Tigers were looking to improve on their 8-0 North Coast Athletic Conference record Saturday afternoon, but were unable to secure a victory as Oberlin swept the doubleheader taking game one, 5-2 and the nightcap, 6-3.
The Yeowomen scored first in the opener when Emily King scored on a passed ball following a strikeout in the third inning. A second passed ball allowed Katie Pieplow to score from third making it 2-0.
DePauw tied the contest in the top of the sixth, collecting three hits and taking advantage of an Oberlin error in the inning. Taylor Golden started the frame with a double and scored on a single from Jennifer Ridge that got by the center fielder. Lauren Krumwiede reached on a fielder's choice and would score on a Linsey Button single to right center.
Neither team would score in the sixth and the Tigers missed an opportunity to take a lead in the seventh inning when Sammi Bell was picked off at third.
Oberlin would take advantage of a DePauw error to start the bottom half of the seventh allowing Sami Mericle to reach first. Caroline Hamilton was hit by a pitch and Pieplow blasted a pitch over the left centerfield wall to end the contest in dramatic fashion.
Emily King picked up the win for the Yeowomen going the distance and allowing just two runs with five strikeouts.
Kahla Nolan took the loss for DePauw giving up seven hits and allowing two earned runs.
In the nightcap, Oberlin scored twice in the opening frame on three hits and one Tiger error. Caroline Hamilton scored on a sacrifice fly from Jenny Hill and Jenny Goldsmith added an RBI single to take a 2-0 lead.
The Yeowomen would add a run in the third on a Hill homer to left field.
DePauw scored their first run in the fifth inning to trim Oberlin's lead to just two. Gabby Smart started the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Button. Megan Landahl singled to center advancing Smart to third. Beth Chelmowski reached on an error by the second basemen, allowing Smart to score from third.
The Tigers tied the contest in the top of the sixth led by a Ridge solo homer to center. Krumwiede followed with a double and scored on an RBI single from Smart.
Heading to the bottom of the sixth with the score tied at three Oberlin would load the bases with just one out. Mericle would single scoring Goldsmith and a throwing error would allow Melanie Budney to score. Mericle scored on a wild pitch making the score 6-3.
DePauw would go down in order in the seventh to drop their second game of the day.
Nolan dropped to 14-9 with the loss after tossing six innings and giving up three earned runs with six strikeouts.
Emily King picked up the win after throwing one and two thirds innings in relief and not allowing a runner to reach base.
The Tigers were led by Landahl, Golden, Ridge and Smart who all tallied three hits on the day, while Hamilton collected four hits on the day for Oberlin.
DePauw is back in action tomorrow when they travel to John Carroll for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.