March 30, 2013

Big Red, Tigers split NCAC opener

After dropping the opening game 9-4, the Big Red baseball team earned a doubleheader split with DePauw following a 4-2 victory in game two on Saturday.

Sophomore hurler Kyle Colgain improved to 1-1 on the year after tossing 7.2 solid innings.  Colgain scattered eight hits, allowed one earned run and struck out four en route to the victory.  Ian Walsh closed the door for his first-collegiate save.  The rookie pitcher tossed 1.1 innings of one-hit ball in relief.

The Big Red used the long ball to jump out to a 1-0 lead when Georgie Montes hit his first-career home run with two down in the fifth.  Zach Galyean tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning with a base hit to center.  Denison regained the lead when a Kyle Clemmenson single to left scored Charlie Apfelbach from third.

DU doubled its score in the top of the seventh inning.  A walk and a hit by pitch put two Big Red runners on with one out.  After a wild pitch moved them both into scoring possession, Apfelbach hit a single to left that scored Jake Meegan from third.  Freshman Ryan Loehnert followed with a base hit through the left side that plated Danny Kraus.

The Tigers made it a two-run game in the eighth, but dominant pitching from Walsh out of the pen ended the DePauw rally.  Loehnert and Clemmenson both went 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Senior Lowell Hall also logged two hits and a stolen base, while Apfelbach and Montes each drove in and scored a run.

In game one, DePauw powered past Denison thanks to an eight-run fourth inning.  The Tigers' eight runs came off five hits and a pair of Big Red miscues.  Kraus logged a pair of hits, including a double, while Ryan Mulligan drove in two.  Sophomore Nick Marsit also scored twice.

Connor Murphy allowed nine runs (five earned) on seven hits in the losing effort, while Michael Chiaro picked up the victory after scattering six hits and surrendering four runs.

Both teams move to 6-7 on the year and 1-1 in North Coast Athletic Conference play.  The two squads close out their four-game series on Sunday in Greencastle, Ind.  Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.