Tigers Stay Atop NCAC Standings with Saturday Sweep
Meadville, Pa. - DePauw pitcher Kahla Nolan pitched 12 innings without allowing an earned run, while offense totaled 13 runs as the Tigers swept Allegheny by scores of 5-1 and 8-0.
The Tigers improved to 20-14 overall and 10-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while the Gators dropped to 12-17 overall and 7-5 in the NCAC. With the sweep, DePauw
extended its lead in the NCAC standings to two games.
Allegheny struck first as Caitlin Nealer reached on an error and pinch-runner Margaret Clarke moved to second on Allie Landowski's grounder and to third when Alexis Ryan followed with a single. Halea Hayden's single through the right side scored Clarke and gave the hosts a 1-0 lead.
DePauw reached the scoreboard in the fourth when Lauren Krumwiede singled and scored on Linsey Button's triple. The Tigers added four unearned runs in the fifth as Jennifer Ridge drove in two with a single before Krumwiede and Button each followed with run-scoring singles.
Nolan retired 10 of the last 11 batters she faced and improved to 16-9. Nealer slipped to 10-8 after allowing just one earned run and striking out eight.
Ridge, Krumwiede and Button each had two of DePauw's seven hits, while Hayden and Ryan each had two of Allegheny's six hits.
A six-run third innning in the nightcap helped the Tigers to the five-inning victory. The Tigers loaded the bases before Ridge's single plated Julia Waggoner and Krumwiede reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Sammi Bell to score. Button then followed with a grand slam homer to right center.
DePauw added two mor in the fourth as Gabby Smart singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and stole third. Waggoner singled and moved to second on an error with Smart scoring on the play. Taylor Golden then delivered a two-out RBI single to center to make it 8-0.
The first two Allegheny batters in the fifth reached on singles, but Nolan retired the last three to end the game due to the run rule.
Golden had two of DePauw's seven hits, while four different Gators collected one hit apiece.
Nolan improved to 17-9 with the four-hit shutout and struck out three with no walks. Nealer took the loss and fell to 10-9.
DePauw returns to action on Wednesday, April 23, when it hosts Wittenberg in a 4 p.m. doubleheader.