Barry tosses gem in NCAC victory
Denison sophomore Ian Barry tossed a one-hit, seven-inning gem to help the Big Red sweep the North Coast Athletic Conference Crossover Series with Kenyon on Sunday. DU won the third and final game, 7-1.
Making his 12th appearance of the season, Barry toed the rubber for his seventh start on Sunday afternoon. The sophomore right hander found his groove early, inducing three ground outs with just eight pitches in the first inning. Barry went on to retire the next four batters before issuing a walk with one out in the third frame. Following the free pass, he got Paul Henshaw and Zack Karson to fly out to right and center, respectively.
After Barry retired the side in order in the fourth, the Big Red offense broke the scoreless tie. Senior Kyle Clemmenson opened the frame with a base hit through the middle. With one down and Ryan Loehnert at the dish, Clemmenson broke from first in what looked like a hit-and-run attempt. Loehnert ended up grounding out to third, but a heads up play by the senior allowed him to move all the way to third. With two outs, freshman Duncan Moran sent a 1-0 pitch up the middle to score Clemmenson from third.
Taking the hill with a 1-0 lead, Barry continued his dominance as he recorded his first strikeout of the game to lead off the fifth. He also got Jake Dunn to fly out to right and induced full count ground out to short. In the bottom of the frame, Denison doubled its lead when rookie Jake Meegan laced a base hit through the left side that scored sophomore Zac Lewinski.
In the sixth, Kenyon got its second base runner of the game when a wild pitch on a swinging strike in the dirt allowed Henshaw to reach base. However, Barry answered with another strikeout and a ground ball to Moran at first. The Big Red sophomore lost his no-hit bid with one out in the seventh when Nate Lotze doubled to left center. However, Lotze didn't move from that spot as Barry got the next two batters to fly out to center and short. As the sophomore jogged back to the dugout, he was greeted by Head Coach Mike Deegan and the rest of his teammates as they congratulated him on a job well done.
The DU bats added five more runs in the seventh on six hits and a couple of fielding errors by the Kenyon defense. With a runner at third, senior Danny Kraus roped a triple to right that easily scored Brandon Morgan. That triple was his sixth this season and the ninth of his collegiate career. Kraus came around to score on a fielding error on a ground ball hit by Meegan. Ryan Mulligan dropped a single into right center that droved in Meegan, while a Loehnert single plated Clemmenson. Moran knocked in Denison's final run on a sacrifice fly to center. The Lords broke up the shutout bid in the ninth inning when John Nahra drew a bases loaded walk with two outs.
Barry improved to 3-2 on the year after allowing just one hit and striking out three in seven innings of work. The sophomore threw 60 of his 87 pitches for strikes in the victory. He also lowered his earned run average to 3.63.
Clemmenson went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs, while Meegan and Moran each drove in a pair. In the top of the first, Clemmenson picked up his 100th career hit with a two-out double down the left field line. Kraus also logged two hits, an RBI and a run, while Meegan, Moran and Morgan all stole a base.
Paul Henshaw suffered the loss after scattering four hits and allowing one run in four innings. Lotze, Kyle Hardacker and Henshaw each logged a hit, while Mike Danziger scored the Lords lone run.
Denison closed out the regular season with a 13-6 record in the NCAC. The Big Red will take a 25-14 mark into next week's NCAC Tournament at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. Denison will open tournament play on Thursday against Allegheny College, who defeated DePauw in the NCAC Crossover Series. First pitch between the Big Red and Gators is slated for 1 p.m.