Tigers and Big Red split on the diamond
After suffering a 2-1 loss to Wittenberg in game one, Denison rallied for an 8-5 victory in game two, forcing a split with the Tigers in Springfield.
In the second game, Denison scored four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. In the pivotal fourth, DU got an RBI single from Rebecca Dyer that scored Rachel Laughlin. Grace Finkbiner would fly out to right field, scoring Jess Robertson. Rosie Glaser followed with a single to center field, plating Dyer. Denison would score its fourth run of the inning when an error on the third baseman, off a ball put in play by Gretchen Staubach, scored Emily Lipsitz.
Wittenberg would fight back with a three run sixth inning, tying the game at 5-5. In the top of the seventh, Denison took the lead right back when Dyer grounded out to short, scoring Meghan Edwards, who led off the inning with a walk. With two outs in the inning, Finkbiner would provide a little insurance for Denison starter Kelsey Hager, with a base hit to right field that scored Robertson and Laughlin.
Hager would retire Wittenberg in order in the bottom of the inning to lock up the victory. Hager earned the win and moved to 9-6 on the season. Three of the five runs scored by Wittenberg were earned. She also struck out five while giving up 11 hits. Dyer was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one runs score. Glaser also went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Finkbiner paced DU with three RBIs.
In the opener, Dyer pitched all six innings, scattering three hits and one earned run while fanning nine, but Wittenberg's Rachel Ross would match her with a two-hit, one run, complete game win. Denison's lone run would come in the first inning when Julie Rooney scored on a wild pitch by Ross. Rooney led off the game with a single to right field before being sacrificed into scoring position by a Staubach bunt.
The score would remain 1-0 in favor of the Big Red until the fourth inning when Ross' sacrifice fly scored Loren Combs with the tying run.
In the sixth, Wittenberg's lead-off hitter, Kaela Hughes, reached on an error. A bunt single by Shannon Lanc moved pinch runner Julia Williams to third. The Tigers would score the go-ahead run off an error by the Big Red off a ball put in play by Ross.
Rooney led Denison at the plate, going 4-for-7 on the day with one run scored. Combs paced Wittenberg by going 4-for-6 with two runs scored.
Denison moves to 18-12 overall and 6-4 in the NCAC while Wittenberg's record adjusts to 17-8 and 8-6 in conference play. The Big Red will return to action on Monday (April 22) when they host The College of Wooster at 5:30 p.m.