March 31, 2013

DU forces series split with DePauw

An 8-2 victory in game two of Sunday's doubleheader at DePauw University took the sting out of a 4-3 extra-innings loss to the Tigers in the opener.  Denison got a tremendous pitching performance from Danny Kraus and Ian Walsh in the second game as the pair combined for a two-hitter.  The split moves DU's record to 7-8 overall and 2-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

The Big Red's 8-2 win was powered by Andrew Touhy and Kyle Clemmenson who drove in three RBIs apiece.  After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, DU responded with a five-run fourth.  Touhy started things with a two-run double to right field that scored Jake Meegan and Lowell Hall.  Two batters later, Clemmenson would blast a three-run home run over the wall in left field.

DePauw would counter with a run via a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth.  The game would remain 5-2 in favor of the Big Red until DU would plate three more insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

On the hill, Kraus got the start and pitched the first four innings, allowing two hits, two earned runs and four walks while striking out one.  Walsh relieved Kraus in the fifth inning and worked the final three innings to register his second save of the season.

Touhy was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and one run scored.  Ryan Loehnert and Clemmenson both went 2-for-4.

In game one, DePauw tied the game at 3-3 with a Cory Meixner base hit in the fifth inning.  In the bottom of the eighth, Meixner reached base via a wild pitch after striking out to lead off the inning.  Centerfielder Brendan Pashia laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Meixner into scoring position and Paul Mpistolarides would follow with a game-winning RBI by singling to left field off DU reliever Philip Seay.

Ian Barry got the start for DU and pitched 4.1 innings.  He allowed two earned runs and struck out one.  Seay followed by pitching the final 3.1 innings.  Seay gave up four hits while striking out five.

Nick Marsit paced Denison at the plate, going 2-for-4.  Kraus and Ryan Mulligan each blasted their first home runs of the season.  Both were solo shots in the first and second inning, respectively.

Denison will return to action on Wednesday (April 3) with a 9-inning game at John Carroll at 4 p.m.  On Saturday (April 6) the Big Red will host a four-game weekend series against Wittenberg.