#12 DePauw Sweeps NCAC Doubleheader with Wittenberg
April 17, 2012
Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw moved into a tie for second in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings following a sweep of visiting Wittenberg. The 12th-ranked Tigers won the opening game by a 4-3 score in 10 innings and then took the nightcap, 5-4. The Tigers improved to 22-8 overall and 6-4 in the NCAC, while Wittenberg dropped to 22-12 overall and 7-5 in conference play.
DePauw struck first in the opening game as Amy Hallett led off with a single to left and moved to second on Jen Kosinski's bunt single. They each advanced a base on Haley Buchanan's fly out before Kate Hendrickson singled home Hallett.
Wittenberg tied the score in the fifth after Rachel Ross singled and moved to third when Brooklyn Cox reached on a single and moved to second on an error. A passed ball allowed Ross to score from third.
Pinch-hitter Katie Harrison's single to right with two outs in the eighth was followed by Jessica Snyder's single and Carly Cribbs' two-run triple which gave Wittenberg a 3-1 lead.
Holly Paris led off the DePauw eighth with a walk and pinch-runner Samantha Szyska moved to second on Hallett's sacrifice bunt. Kosinski reached on a walk and Haley Buchanan singled to load the bases. Hendrickson's single scored Szyska and Emily Dieckmann's ground out plated Kosinski.
The teams played through a scoreless ninth before DePauw scored the game winner in the 10th. Kosinski was placed on second as part of the tiebreaker rule and moved to third when Buchanan reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt. Dieckmann then delivered a single to right for the win.
Hendrickson paced DePauw with three of its 10 hits as eight different players collected hits. Eight different Wittenberg players had one hit each.
Kahla Nolan improved to 7-1 with the relief win, while Anna Kvartunas dropped to 2-2.
In the second game, Wittenberg took a 2-0 lead in the first as Cribbs singled and moved to third on Laura Rose's doubles. Tori Amicon followed with a two-run single.
The host Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first as Rachel MacBeth doubled before Hallett walked and Kosinski was hit by a pitch. Buchanan cleared the bases with a triple to right.
Dieckmann led off the second with a homer to center and Hendrickson drove in Kosinski in the third with a grounder.
Rose led off the sixth with a triple and scored when Amicon reached on an error. Snyder doubled in the seventh and scored on Rose's single to close the gap to 5-4, but Amicon popped up to end the game.
MacBeth had two of DePauw'w six hits, while Rose had three of Wittenberg's nine and Cribbs added two.
Nolan improved to 8-1 with the win, while Emily Bichler picked up her second save. Rachel Ross dropped to 11-5 with the loss.
DePauw returns to action on Saturday, April 21, when it travels to conference-leading Allegheny.