DePauw Splits Twinbill at Wittenberg; Earn Third Seed in NCAC West
April 28, 2013
Springfield, Ohio - DePauw senior Jordan Niespodziany pitched a six-hit shutout in leading DePauw to a 2-0 North Coast Athletic Conference win at Wittenberg in game one, but the Tigers couldn't take advantage of 13 walks from the host's pitchers and dropped a 5-4 decision in the nightcap.
DePauw is 16-20 overall and finished NCAC West play at 8-8, while Wittenberg is 20-14 and also 8-8 in conference action. The Tigers finished in a three-way tie for second in the division and earned the division's third seed in the crossover series that starts on Saturday.
The visiting Tigers scored the game's only runs in the fourth as Pat Lyons and Zach Galyean each singled and Jason Cohen followed with a sacrifice fly scoring Lyons. Robbie Stein doubled to left to plate Galyean.
Wittenberg had two runners reach third, but Zac Wilson was thrown out at the plate in the third inning after attempting to score from second on Brandon Reaman's base hit. They also had runners on first and third with two outs in the seventh, but the game ended on a fielder's choice grounder.
Six different DePauw players had one hit each, while David Moore had two of Wittenberg's six hits.
Niespodziany (pictured) improved to 4-2 with the win, while Zach Finke dropped to 5-2.
The hosts gained a 1-0 lead in the first on Moore's bases loaded sacrifice fly, but DePauw evened the count in the second when Matt Dorsett reached on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded that allowed Stein to score.
DePauw made it 3-1 in the third as it loaded the bases on three walks and Connor Einertson drove in a pair with a single to right center.
In the bottom of the fourth, Graham Wolff led off with a single and moved to third when Moore reached and advanced to second on a throwing error on his sacrifice bunt. Grant Goodwin's single brought home Wolff and Moore scored on a wild pitch. Finke lifted a sacrifice fly to left that plated Goodwin and made it 4-3.
Brendon Pashia's two-out single up the middle in the top of the seventh scored Stein and tied the game at 4-4, but the hosts took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning when Reaman singled home Finke who reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball.
Stein led off the ninth with a double and reached third with one out, but the Tigers couldn't drive him home.
Five different DePauw players collected one hit apiece, while Wilson, Reaman and Wolff each had two of Wittenberg's eight hits.
Alex Sroka dropped to 2-2 with the loss, while Edison Henry improved to 2-0 and Kevin Tolle collected his first save.
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