DePauw sweeps doubleheader with Sewanee
April 22, 2006
April 22, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw moved a step closer to qualifying for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament after it swept a doubleheader with visiting Sewanee by scores of 4-2 and 8-5. The Tigers improved to 16-20 overall and 7-7 in the SCAC, while Sewanee dropped to 15-22 overall and 6-8 in the conference.
In the opener, Greg DeBeer hit a three-run homer in the first and Adrian Norris added a solo shot in the fifth to provide all of the offense. P.J. Mitchell pitched a three-hit shutout in improving to 6-5.
Matt Kleine led off the first with a single and moved to second on Chris Newman's sacrifice. Matt Deahl drew a walk before DeBeer drove a 2-0 pitch over the fence in right.
Sewanee cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth when Casey Cook led off with a walk and J.R. Candlish followed with a single. Daniel Hinkle's sacrifice moved the runners up a base and Chris Petrucka followed with a two-run double to left center. Norris wrapped up the scoring with his leadoff homer in the bottom of the fifth.
Mitchell picked up his 26th career win and struck out eight in the win. Josh Curtis dropped to 2-6 after allowing just five hits in six innings. Kleine led the Tigers at the plate with three of the team's five hits, while three different Sewanee players picked up one hit apiece.
In the nightcap, the Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first when Kleine led off with a single and moved to second on Newman's sacrifce. DeBeer drew a two-out walk before Zach Harris singled home Kleine. Kyle Dobbs then drilled a three-run homer over the fence in center.
Norris led off the second with a double and scored on Kleine's single to make it 5-0. Sewanee scored a pair in the third as Frank Morris singled and Candlish followed with a two-run homer. Norris made it 6-2 in the bottom of the third with a single that scored Dobbs from second.
DePauw extended the lead to 7-2 with one in the fourth on Harris' single to right that plated Deahl. That RBI was the 111th of Harris' career and broke the DePauw career mark held by Ryan Sipe (2002-05).
Sewanee added one in the sixth when Sean Hilley advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a DePauw throwing error. The Tigers countered in the bottom of the sixth when Kleine led off by slapping a bunt past the third baseman for a double, stealing third and scoring on Deahl's ground out. In the eighth, Hinkle drove in Cook with a single and Morris singled home John Davis to make it 8-5.
John Kihlken improved to 5-4 after going the first 7 2/3 innings and Bill Metzinger picked up his second save after pitching a scoreless ninth.
DePauw totaled 13 hits led by Kleine with three and Newman, Harris and Norris with two each. Sewanee totaled 12 hits led by Morris with three and Hilley, Cook and Hinkle with two each.
The Tigers can clinch a spot in next week's SCAC tournament with at least a split of Sunday's twinbill with Sewanee. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and can be heard on WGRE with live stats available here.