Tigers drop season opener to Hoosiers
February 24, 2004
Bloomington, Ind. - On a blustery day at Sembower Field, DePauw fell behind 5-0 after two innings and couldn't recover in a 6-3 season-opening loss at Indiana University. The Hoosiers improved to 1-3 with the win. DePauw dropped to 0-1 on the season in the earliest season-opener in school history.
The Hoosiers picked up three in the first and two in the second off of DePauw starter Kerry Frost. In the opening inning, Reggie Watson led off with a single to center. He then stole second and third and scored on a two-out passed ball. Joe Kemp then drew a walk and stole second. Ryan Donley then reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a DePauw throwing error which also plated Kemp.
In the second Kevin Mahar singled to left and stole second. Kurt Weigle and Josh Richardson walked to load the bases before Watson's fly out to center scored Mahar. Seth Bynum's single scored Weigle and Corby Heckman's base hit brough home Richardson to make it 5-0. P.J. Mitchell then replaced Frost on the mound and got the final two outs of the inning.
The Tigers got on the board in the fourth as Mike Gonzalez struck out but reached on a wild pitch. He then advanced to second on Jon Gratz's single to left. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Adrian Norris loaded the bases with a walk. Gonzalez was picked off of third base by Weigle, but Hunter Slade delivered a single to right center which scored Gratz. Norris then scored from third on a passed ball.
DePauw added a run in the seventh when Matt Deahl singled to center and Zach Harris ripped a double to deep center which scored Deahl. Meanwhile, Mitchell was slamming the door on the Hoosiers by pitching 5 2/3 innings of hitless ball with just one runner reaching base. In the eighth Heckman led off with a single. Jay Brant came in as a pinch-runner and stole second and third. He then scored when Gonzalez's attempted pickoff was wide of third.
DePauw outhit Indiana 8-6 with Deahl and Harris each collecting two base hits. HEckman had two hits for Indiana. Matt Saba picked up the win for the Hoosiers as he started and pitched three shutout innings. Frost suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Mitchell pitched the final 6 2/3 innings for the Tigers and allowed just one unearned run and one hit.
DePauw returns to action on Saturday, February 28, when it travels to Anderson for a noon doubleheader.Back