Tigers Split Twinbill at Franklin

Tigers Split Twinbill at Franklin

Franklin, Ind. - DePauw moved to 14-10 on the season after splitting a doubleheader at Franklin by winning the first, 12-8, and dropping the nightcap, 13-12. Franklin is now also 14-10.

In the opener, which was a scheduled seven-inning contest, the Tigers fell behind 5-0 after Franklin scored two in the first and three in the second. Spencer Youngcurt drove in Jackson Williams with a single in the third before Charlie Patrick ripped a three-run homer to cut the deficit to 5-4.

Noah Salasky's grounder plated Nolan Lavender in the fourth before Kyle Callahan hit a two-run homer to give the Tigers a 7-5 advantage. 

Franklin evened the count at 7-7 with a two-run fourth, but DePauw took the lead for good in the sixth as Patrick blasted his second three-run homer of the game. The Tigers added two more in the seventh before the Grizzlies finished with one in the seventh.

Callahan, Youncourt and Patrick each had two of DePauw's 11 hits, while Patrick drove in six and Callahan scored four. Sam Claycamp and Brandt Pawley each had three of Franklin's 12 hits with Quenton Wellington and Alex Mis each adding two.

Keegan Bridges moved to 1-0 with the relief win, while Ben Sprinkle dropped to 2-1.

The second game was scheduled for nine innings but shortened to 7 1/2 due to darkness. The Grizzlies again got out to an early lead with one in the first before TJ Carney-DeBord homered in the second followed by Williams with an RBI single and Patrick with a two-run single which put DePauw ahead, 4-1.

Franklin countered with five in the second to regain the lead, 6-4. Lavender's third-inning double brought home Nick Nelson, but the Grizzlies scored four in the bottom of the frame and two more in the fourth for a 12-5 advantage.

Carney-DeBord scored on a wild pitch in the fifth and Franklin also plated one in the bottom half of the inning to make it 13-6. The Tigers mounted a comeback with four in the sixth and two in the seventh and had two runners on base with one out in the eighth, but left them stranded and the game was called.

Salasky, Callahan and Patrick each had two hits with Patrick driving in three more for a total of nine in the doubleheader. Pawley had three of Franklin's 13 hits, while Wellington, Nick Wright and Mis each added two.

Sam Kaske started and dropped to 1-1 with the loss, while Mitch Merica improved to 2-0 and Tanner Nicholson notched his first save.

DePauw travels to Kenyon on Saturday for a Noon North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader.