Centre's Late Rally Sends Tigers to Defeat in SCAC Series Finale
April 12, 2009
April 12, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Visiting Centre scored three in the ninth to force extra innings and plated one in the tenth to take a 10-9 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over DePauw. The Tigers dropped to 17-14 overall and 7-5 in the SCAC, while Centre improved to 7-19 overall and 4-5 in the SCAC.
Centre took a 2-0 lead in the first with a pair of unearned runs before the Tigers knotted the score in the bottom half of the inning on RBI singles by Mike Stout and Rob McPike. Sam Linette doubled in the second, moved to third on a balk and scored when Justin Weiner reached on an error giving DePauw a 3-2 lead.
Cory Crowdis' sacrifice fly in the third scored Cameron Fishman from third and tied the contest at 3-3. DePauw scored three in the fourth as Weiner reached on a bunt single and, when the throw to first couldn't be handled, Linette scored from third. Taylor Hoffman followed with a single that scored Ben Gardner and Weiner came home on Stout's sacrifice fly to make it 6-3.
Steven Proctor led off the Centre fifth with a double before Fishman walked and Jake Jones reached on a bunt single. Brandon Rosen's groundout scored Proctor. The Tigers matched that run in the bottom of the fifth as Drew Holy led off with a double, moved to third on Jack Gavin's sacrifice bunt and scored on Linette's grounder to second to extend the margin to 7-4.
Proctor's bases loaded single in the eighth scored two and closed the gap to 7-6, but DePauw scored two in the bottom of the eighth on run-scoring singles by Hoffman and Rob McPike.
Crowdis reached in the ninth with a one-out single before John Starks was hit by a pitch. The Tigers were one strike away from the win when Steven Kull doubled to left scoring both and closing the DePauw lead to 9-8. Williams then singled to right to tie the score. Proctor struck out against reliever Elliott Ross to end the inning.
In the tenth, Fishman singled and went to second on Jones' sacrifice bunt. Rosen was intentionally walked before Crowdis drew a walk. Starks followed with a fly out to right and Jon Newman's throw to the plate nearly nailed Fishman, but the sacrifice fly gave the Colonels the lead.
Aaron Herbert, who went all 10 innings for the Colonels retired the last seven batters he faced and improved to 3-2. Ross suffered the loss and dropped to 4-2.
The Tigers totaled 13 hits led by Hoffman and McPike with three each and Newman with two. Centre finished with 16 hits as Proctor and Fishman each had three with Williams, Jones and Kull each adding two.
DePauw returns to action on Saturday, April 17, when it hosts Oglethorpe in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.