May 9, 2013

DU caps off season at NCAC Tournament

The Denison baseball team closed out their season with a 6-5 extra-inning setback to Oberlin on Thursday at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Trailing 5-3 in the ninth, Oberlin got the leadoff runner on after a third-strike pitch reached the backstop.  After a fielding error and a free pass loaded the bases, a single through the right side scored Robin Witjes and Mattie DeDoes to tie the game and force extra innings.

After a scoreless 10th and 11th, the Yeomen stepped to the plate in the 12th looking to complete the come-from-behind win.  Jeff Schweighoffer got things going with a one-out single up the middle.  With two on and two down, Witjes delivered a base hit to left center that knocked in the game-winning run.

Seniors Danny Kraus and Lowell Hall paced the Denison offense with three hits, a run and an RBI each.  Senior Kyle Clemmenson, sophomore Nick Marsit and freshman Duncan Moran each logged a pair of hits, while Marsit and Moran also drove in and scored a run.

Senior reliever Philip Seay took the hard-luck loss after tossing 3.1 strong innings out of the pen.  Seay scattered three hits and struck out three in 3.1 frames.  Starter Connor Murphy got the no decision after allowing two earned runs on four hits with six Ks through eight frames.

The Big Red closed out the season with a 25-16 mark.  Their 25 wins are the third-most in program history.  With the win, Oberlin advances to the second elimination game on Friday at 10 a.m.  The Yeomen will take on Allegheny, who dropped a 10-2 decision to Wooster in game three of the tournament.