DePauw Sweeps Wittenberg; Improves to 16-3
March 25, 2012
Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw improved to 16-3 overall and 4-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference following a doubleheader and series sweep of visiting Wittenberg. The host Tigers scored in their last at-bat in the first game for a 4-3 win and then held on for a 7-6 victory in the nightcap. Wittenberg is now 13-7 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
J.B. McCallum's bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh of the first game gave the Tigers the win. Alex Wright led off the inning with a walk and moved to second when Robbie Stein reached on a bunt single. Both runners advanced on a balk before Alex Berlyn was intentionally walked. Following Sam Swafford's infield fly popup, McCallum drove in the game winner.
Wittenberg took an early 1-0 lead when Graham Wolff drew a two-out walk in the first and moved to second on Matt Hampp's single. Wolff scored when Grant Goodwin singled up the middle.
DePauw took a 2-1 lead in the third when Brendon Pashia singled with one out and moved to second after Rob McPike reached on an error. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Jason Cohen drove in Pashia with a ground out. After Wright walked, Robbie Stein singled through the left side, scoring McPike.
The Tigers added another in the fourth when Swafford led off with a single and moved to second on McCallum's sacrifice bunt. Pat Lyons followed with an infield single and Swafford scored when the throw to first was errant.
Wittenberg knotted the score at 3-3 in the sixth when Brandon Reaman singled and moved to second after Wolff reached on an error. Hampp reached on a fielder's choice when Wright fielded the grounder and forced Reaman at third. Goodwin hit a double to left center which brought home Wolff before Tom Little followed with an RBI single to tie the score at 3-3.
DePauw totaled 11 hits led by Pashia and Stein with three each and Swafford with a pair. Goodwin had two of Wittenberg's six hits.
Michael Chiaro improved to 2-0 with the complete game win, while Ted Skalla dropped to 1-1.
Wittenberg again scored early in game two as Wilson led off the game with a walk and later scored on Hampp's single.
DePauw took a 2-1 lead in the second as Cohen doubled and moved to third when Stein doubled off the fence in right. Pashia's walk loaded the bases before Ryan Allee lined out to left for a sacrifice fly which scored Cohen. McCallum and Lyons drew back-to-back walks which allowed Stein to score.
The hosts extended the lead to 5-1 in the fourth as McCallum walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Lyons reached on an infield error and Zach Galyean followed with a two-run double to right center. Cohen's single plated Galyean and gave DePauw a 5-1 advantage.
Cam Chambers' two-out infield single in the sixth scored Wolff from third. After Chambers stole second, Alex Lochard followed with a single to left which brought home Chambers. Lochard crossed the plate on Zach Finke's single up the middle to cut DePauw's lead to 5-4.
Wittenberg knotted the score at 5-5 in the seventh as Wilson led off with a double and later scored on Wolff's single through the left side.
DePauw came right back in the bottom of the seventh as Wright led off with a walk and moved to second on Stein's sacrifice bunt. Pashia singled to left and made it to second on the throw before McCallum delivered a two-run single to center which gave DePauw a 7-5 lead.
Wittenberg scored the game's last run in the eighth when David Moore singled with two outs and later scored on Ream's single to center.
DePauw totaled 10 hits led by two each from McPike, Cohen and Stein. Wittenberg finished with 14 hits paced by two from Reaman, Hampp, Finke and Moore.
Alex Sroka improved to 2-0 with the win, while Tyler Grau dropped to 0-1. DePauw's Joe Wojda picked up his fifth save.
DePauw returns to action on Tuesday, March 27, in a 7 p.m. contest at LaGrange.