The Big Red extended its current winning streak to four games following a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Muskingum on Thursday afternoon at Mose Morehead Field in New Concord, Ohio.
The Muskies grabbed an early 3-0 advantage after scoring a pair in the second and adding another in the third inning. Denison trimmed the deficit to 3-1 in the fifth when sophomore Nick Marsit scored on a fielding error in center. Muskingum got that run back in the bottom of the frame thanks to an RBI double by Will Simpson.
In the sixth, DU was able to push across four runs thanks to three hits and a pair of errors by the Muskie defense. With the bases loaded and no outs, a fielding miscue at third allowed Kyle Clemmenson to score, cutting the deficit in half at 4-2. An RBI fielder's choice by Marsit that plated Ryan Mulligan shrunk the deficit to one with only one out.
With two down, senior Tim Duxbury tied the game with a base hit bunt to second that drove in Andrew Touhy and moved Marsit third. With Danny Kraus at the dish, Marsit scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball charged to catcher Dominic Garay.
Freshman Ian Walsh protected Denison's lead in the sixth and seventh. Walsh allowed one hit, struck out three and issued two walks. In the eighth, Denison Head Coach Mike Deegan handed the ball to Duxbury. The senior allowed just one hit in his first inning of work.
After surrendering a leadoff single to Simpson in the ninth, Duxbury got Darren Garrett to pop out to Clemmenson at short. With one and one out, the senior induced a 4-6-3 game-ending double play to nail down his second save of the season.
Sophomore Georgie Montes picked up his first victory of the season. Montes allowed one run on two hits with a strikeout in the fifth inning. Sophomore Charlie Apfelbach paced the offense with a pair of hits and a stolen base, while Marsit scored twice, swiped two bags and drove in a run. Lowell Hall, Lascelles Lagares and Duxbury each knocked in a run, while Clemmenson, Mulligan and Touhy all touched the dish.
Denison moves to 17-10 on the year, while Muskingum drops to 6-21. The Big Red closes out North Coast Athletic Conference West Division play this weekend when they host a four-game series with Wabash College. Game one on Saturday is slated to begin at 12 p.m.