DePauw Scores 14 in the Seventh and Defeats Washington & Jefferson in NCAA Elimination Game
Angola, Ind. - DePauw was faced with deficits twice in its NCAA Division III elimination game against Washington & Jefferson, but the second time the Tigers sent 17 batters to the plate in the seventh and 14 crossed home as DePauw topped the Presidents, 19-7.
DePauw improved to 27-19, while W&J finished its season at 25-12. The Tigers face Trine in a second elimination game later this afternoon.
Washington and Jefferson took a 2-0 lead in the second as Madison Rotto singled and moved to second on Breanna Gleason's single. After Kelsey Cunningham walked, Courtney Roperti delivered a two-run single to right.
DePauw cut the lead in half in the third when Grace Hendrickson reached with a leadoff walk and moved to second on Julia Waggoner's single. Sammi Bell single to load the bases before Taylor Golden singled to left and plated Hendrickson.
The Presidents matched that in the bottom half of the frame as Emily Watson singled and moved to second on an error on the play. Abby Cunningham's sacrifice bunt moved her to third. After Rotto walked, Jen Bahm made it 3-1 with a single up the middle.
The Tigers took their first lead of the game in the fourth as Lauren Krumwiede drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Hendrickson reached on an error that allowed Krumwiede to score. Waggoner's sacrifice bunt moved Hendrickson to second before Bell walked. Morgan Pigusch entered as a pinch-runner for Hendrickson and scored on Golden's single. Jennifer Ridge added an infield single that drove in Bell before Linsey Button made it 5-3 with a single through the left side.
Roperti walked with one out in the bottom of the fourth before Sadie Marak and Watson singled to load the bases. Abby Cunningham's two-run double knotted the score at 5-5.
The game stayed tied until the seventh when Button led off with a single but was forced at second on Gabby Smart's fielder's choice. Smart moved to second on Megan Landahl's grounder. Krumwiede reached on a throwing error that scored Smart. Hendrickson walked and Waggoner loaded the bases with a base hit. Bell's two-run single made it 8-5 and Golden followed that with a two-run single. After Ridge reached on a fielder's choice, Button reached on an infield error that allowed two more to score.
Smart's double scored Button and extended the lead to 13-5. Amanda Chastang's pinch-hit single scored Smart before Hailey Freres entered as a pinch-hitter and doubled to left. Hendrickson and Waggoner each followed with run-scoring singles before Bell blasted a homer to center for the Tigers' final runs.
The Presidents added two in the bottom of the seventh as Bahm led off with a double and moved to third on an error. Gleason doubled home Balm and later scored when Kelsey Cunningham singled and was caught in a rundown.
Bell, Golden, Landhal and Waggoner each had three of DePauw's 21 hits, while Ridge and Button had two apiece.
Kelsey Cunningham, Watson, Bahm and Gleason each had two of W&J's 12 hits.
Kahla Nolan picked up the win and improved to 23-13, while Watson dropped to 6-3.
Photo Credit: Lindsey Mechalik