Tigers Drop a Pair on Opening Weekend

Tigers Drop a Pair on Opening Weekend

Xenia, Ohio- DePauw looked to open their 2014 campaign with a pair of wins against Anderson, but it was the Ravens who had the ball bounce their way as they swept the doubleheader by scores of 6-5 and 5-3.

Anderson struck first in the opener on a pair of third inning home runs. Jacob Craft sent a solo shot over the outfield fence followed by Jeremy Shelmadine's two run blast putting the Ravens up 3-0. A two-run single by Cole Heberling put Anderson up 5-0 after six complete frames.

The Tigers mounted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh scoring five runs to force extra innings. Pinch-hitter Lucas Italiano doubled scoring Brendon Pashia. Following a Raven error, Tiger freshman Jack Thompson's sac fly would pull the Tigers within three.

Zach Starr's single would plate Paul Mpistolarides and Robbie Stein provided the game-tying hit with a two-out double that scored McCallum and Starr to knot the score at 5-5.

Anderson would retake the lead in the top of the eighth on Shelmadine's RBI triple and the Tigers would be unable to answer in the bottom half of the inning falling 6-5.

Wyatt Spector took the loss after tossing one inning in relief, while Brian Page picked up the win for Anderson after throwing 1.1 innings in relief.

In game two, the Ravens took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Shelmadine's RBI groundout plating Austin Young from third.

DePauw tied the game in the third when Stein singled scoring McCallum for an unearned run. The Tigers were unable to hold the lead as Anderson scored two runs in the bottom of the inning. Craft tallied his second long ball of the day followed by Zack Hufferd's sac fly putting Anderson up 3-1.

Anderson would plate a run in the fourth and fifth innings stretching their lead to 5-1.

The Tigers battled back in the top of the seventh when Starr's two-run shot pulled DePauw within one. However, the Tigers would only get two as Anderson closed the door on the DePauw rally, escaping with a 5-3 victory.

Starter, Pete Stuart took the loss for DePauw after four innings of work giving up four earned. Blake Hall picked up the win and Ben Yoder earned a save for Anderson.

The Ravens outhit DePauw 25-14 on the day including an 11-5 edge on extra base hits.

DePauw is back in action Saturday, March 8, when they take on Manchester University in Westfield, Ind. First pitch is scheduled for noon.