DePauw Splits NCAC Doubleheader and Series with Denison
March 31, 2013
Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw's Paul Mpistolarides hit a game-winning single in the top of the eighth inning of game one to lift the Tigers to a 4-3 extra-inning victory over Denison, but the Big Red fought back to take an 8-2 win in the nightcap as the teams split the four-game North Coast Athletic Conference series.
Both teams are now 7-8 overall and 2-2 in NCAC play.
In the opener, Denison took a quick lead as Danny Kraus led off the game with a homer to right before Ryan Mulligan led off the second with a round-tripper to right.
DePauw got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Brendon Pashia led off with a double to left and moved to third on Matt Dorsett's grounder. Pashia scored on Ian Barry's wild pitch to cut the Denison lead to 2-1.
The Tigers evened the score in the third when Zach Galyean reached after being hit by a pitch and moved to second on Jason Cohen's ground out. Cory Meixner then lined the first pitch of his at bat to left, scoring Galeyan and knotting the score.
Denison regained the lead in the fourth on Charlie Apfelbach's RBI single that scored Kyle Clemmenson, who reached base on a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
The Tigers evened the score again in the bottom half of the fourth when Berry was lifted in favor of senior Philip Seay. Seay gave up a leadoff double to Galyean, and advanced to third on a single from Jason Cohen. Meixner then hit a high chopping single through the gap between third and short to score Galyean, and even the ballgame, 3-3.
Joe Wojda relieved DePauw starter Alex Sroka in the sixth, and a pitching duel ensued with Seay. Seay didn’t allow a hit during the sixth and seventh innings while Wojda escaped both innings, stranding a runner on second on both occasions.
The game entered extra innings and, again, Denison got a runner to second base, but Wojda retired Apfelbach for the final out. In the bottom of the frame, Meixner reached first on a wild pitch after striking out. Pashia laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Meixner to second and Mpistolarides lined a 2-2 pitch to right field to score Meixner with the game-winning run.
Meixner had two of DePauw's nine hits and drove in a pair, while Nick Marsit led Denison with two of its seven hits.
Wojda picked up the win after not allowing a hit in three innings and improved to 1-0, while Seay took the loss to move to 2-1 on the season.
Jordan Niespodziany took to the hill for the Tigers in game two and labored through his first two innings. The senior escaped the first inning as the Big Red stranded runners at first and third, and then struck out Andrew Touhy with the bases loaded to end the second.
The Tigers got on the board in the third inning thanks to the speed of Galyean. The senior walked with one out in the inning then advanced to second on a wild pitch. He then stole third, and scored on a single to center by Cohen.
Denison responded in the fourth inning with five runs, all unearned because Lowell Hall reached first on an error to start the inning. Three batters later, Andrew Touhy singled to right to score a pair and give the Big Red a 2-1 lead. After Ryan Loehnert drew a walk, Clemmenson hammered the first pitch thrown to him to deep left field for a three-run homer.
DePauw clawed its way back in the bottom half of the stanza with a sacrifice fly by Pat Lyons that scored Ryan Allee and reduced the deficit to 5-2.
The Big Red, however, tacked on three more runs in the seventh thanks to a squeeze bunt by Jake Meegan, and back-to-back doubles by Kraus and Touhy.
Touhy paced Denison with three of its 12 hits, while Loehnert and Clemmenson added two each. The Tigers managed just a single by Cohen and J.B. McCallum's double.
Niespodziany dropped to 1-1 with the loss, while Kraus improved to 1-0 and Ian Walsh collected his second save.
DePauw hosts Washington-St. Louis in a Thursday 2 p.m. doubleheader.
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