Tigers Split Twinbill in NCAC Opener Against Denison
March 30, 2013
Greencastle, Ind.- Michael Chiaro pitched a complete game early Saturday afternoon to win the DePauw baseball team’s NCAC opener against Denison University at Walker Field, 9-4. In the second game of the doubleheader, the Big Red avenged its loss by winning, 4-2.
The Tigers are now 6-7 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Denison is also 6-7, and 1-1 in the NCAC.
DePauw struck first during the opener when Pat Lyons led off the bottom of the third with a walk. The junior stole second and advanced to third on Robbie Stein's groundout. Zach Galyean drove in Lyons with the game's first run with a ground ball between third and short .
The Big Red responded with two runs in the fourth to take the lead. Danny Kraus led off with a double to center and moved to third on Nick Marsit's bunt single back to the mound. After a Chiaro strikeout, Kyle Clemmenson lined an 0-2 pitch to center, scoring Kraus.
The next batter, Ryan Mulligan, lifted a ball to Tigers right fielder, Zach Galyean, who made the catch and threw to third to catch Marsit who tagged up at second. DePauw third baseman Paul Mpistolarides wasn't able to handle the relay throw from shortstop J.B. McCallum and Marsit scored when the ball rolled into the Tigers' dugout.
Down 2-1, DePauw used an eight-run bottom half of the fourth to gain the lead for good. It began with Denison pitcher Connor Murphy hitting Cory Meixner to lead off the inning before Brendon Pashia hit a high chopper to third to reach first on a single. Mpistolaride then laid down a bunt that Murphy fielded and threw wild to first, allowing Meixner to score.
With runners on first and second, Tigers catcher Matt Dorsett hit a towering fly ball to shallow left field, and the Big Red shortstop and left fielder came in to attempt a catch.
The shortstop, Clemmenson, dropped the ball to load the bases for McCallum with no outs. The junior drove Murphy’s first pitch through the hole between third and short to score Pashia, and give DePauw a 3-2 lead.
Lyons kept the hitting alive with a single to center that scored two more runs. Robbie Stein walked to load the bases and Galyean blistered an 0-2 pitch through the left side, scoring two more runs.
Georgie Montes entered in relief for the Big Red and got Cohen to ground out, allowing Cohen and Galyean to advance. Meixner then hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Stein. Mpistolarides later singled home Galyean and gave the Tigers a 9-2 lead.
Mulligan hit a 1-1 pitch to the gap in right field to score Clemmenson and Marsit and pull Denison within five, 9-4, but Chiaro four of his career-high nine strikeouts in the final two innings to improve to 2-1.
Galyean and Pashia each collected two of DePauw's eight hits, while Galyean drove in three and Lyons two. Kraus had two of Denison's six hits.
The second game was scoreless until the fifth inning when DePauw pitcher Jack Peck surrendered a home run to Montes.
The Tigers responded in the bottom half of the frame when Lyons singled to right field with one out and advanced to second when Denison pitcher Kyle Colgain overthrew first base on a pickoff attempt. After a Stein strikeout, Galyean singled to center on a 1-2 pitch to tie the ballgame, 1-1.
Denison regained the lead in the sixth inning when Clemmenson hit an RBI single to score Charlie Apfelbach.
The Big Red padded its lead in the seventh off DePauw reliever Eric Steele. Steele sstruck out the first batter, but walked Jake Meegan before hitting Kraus/ A wild pitch advanced the runners to third and second and Apfelbach singled to left, scoring Meegan. Ryan Loehnert then singled to left and scored Kraus to make it 4-1.
DePauw's final run came in the eighth when Galyean singled up the middle with one out and later scored on Pashia's single. Denison's Ian Walsh relieved Kyle Colgain and got Connor Einertson to fly out and end the threat.
The Tigers totaled nine hits with Galyean and Pashia leading the way with three each and Lyons chipping in a pair. Loehnert, Clemmenson and Lowell Hall each had two of Denison's 10 hits.
Colgain improved to 1-1, while Walsh picked up his first save. DePauw's Jack Peck dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
The teams wrap up their NCAC series on Sunday with a Noon doubleheader on Walker Field.
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