Tigers split with Saints; notch school-record 29th victory
May 1, 2005
May 1, 2005, Crestview Hills, Ky. - The Tigers earned a doubleheader split at Thomas More after winning the nightcap by a 7-3 score. The Saints took the first game by an 8-3 count.With the split, DePauw finished the regular season with a school-record 29 wins aginst just 14 losses and the seniors posted the best four-year win total in school history with 102. Last year's DePauw team won 28 games and the 1997 seniors totaled 101 victories.
Matt Kleine drove in Matt Deahl with a second-inning single and Gary Ehlebract followed with a two-run home to left to give DePauw a 3-0 lead in the nightcap. That lead was stretched to 5-0 on Chris Newman's two-run single in the fourth.
The Saints scored a pair in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run double by Matt Wilson. DePauw closed its scoring in the fifth on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Zach Harris and Adrian Norris. Greg DeBeer led off the inning with a single and Deahl added a double. Thomas More's final run came in the sixth when Dan Buchwald reached base on a throwing error after striking out and scored on Brad Thoma's double.
P.J. Mitchell improved to 7-3 with five innings of work, while Anthony Reiber dropped to 5-4 with the loss. DePauw totaled 11 hits with DeBeer leading the way with three and Newman adding two. Noah Welte, Nick Pieczonka and Blake Burcham each had two of Thomas More's nine hits. Harris had one hit for the Tigers and extended his hitting streak to 20 consecutive games.
The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the opening game as Brad Ketterer's fielder's choice scored Pieczonka. They added seven in the third with Wilson's RBI double and Thoma's three-run homer to center starting the rally. Norris ripped a three-run homer to left in the fourth which scored Deahl and Harris and cut the Saints' lead to 8-3.
Donny Capannari impoved to 5-4 with the win, while Mark Alson slipped to 7-3 with the loss. Each team totaled six hits with six different Saints picking up one each. Harris and Norris each had two for DePauw.