Tigers Sweep Stormy Petrels; Clinch SCAC East's Top Seed
April 18, 2009
April 18, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw blanked Oglethorpe, 6-0, in the first game of their Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader and rallied from a five-run deficit in the nightcap to take a 10-7 win and a twinbill sweep.
The Tigers improved to 19-14 overall and 9-5 in the SCAC, while Oglethorpe dropped to 19-16 overall and 4-6 in the conference. With the sweep, DePauw wrapped up the SCAC East Division's top seed for next week's conference tournament.
In the first game, Brad Gerlach and David Morefield combined to toss the shutout. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the third when Alex Wright doubled and scored on Ben Gardner's single. Jon Newman led off the fourth with a double and Drew Holy followed with a homer to right.
The Tigers added two more in the fifth when Justin Weiner led off with a walk and stole second. Mike Stout's double scored Weiner before Newman doubled home Stout. DePauw's final run came in the eighth as Jack Gavin led off with a single and Sam Linette entered as a pinch-hitter.
Alex Wright's sacrifice bunt moved Linette to second before Gardner's single advanced him to third. Linette scored after Weiner reached on an Oglethorpe fielding error.
DePauw totaled 11 hits led by Newman's three and two each from Stout, Wright and Gardner. Matthew Cornwell and Ben Giddens each had two of Oglethorpe's nine hits.
Gerlach improved to 7-2 with eight innings of scoreless pitching and has allowed just two earned runs over his last three starts covering 26 innings. Sean Tuttle dropped to 2-3 with the loss.
Oglethorpe took the early lead in the nightcap as J.J. Rizzo led off the second with a double and later scored on Giddens' single. The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the frame as Rob McPike led off with a dobule, moved to third on Newman's single and scored when Linette reached on a fielder's choice.
The Stormy Petrels put together a five-run third as Cornwell led off with a single and scored when Brendan Pilger homered to left. Rizzo singled with one out and scored on Andrew Llano's two-run shot to left center. Adam Brazenas followed with a single before Giddens doubled. Jake Spear reached on an error allowing Brazenas to score and giving Oglethorpe a 6-1 lead.
DePauw chipped away at the lead as Gardner led off the third with a single and moved to second on Weiner's single. A wild pitch allowed both runners to advance one base before Taylor Hoffman's ground out scored Gardner. McPike singled to left center scoring Weiner.
Brazenas' solo homer to left in the fifth pushed Oglethorpe's lead to 7-3, but DePauw scored two in the bottom of the inning as Weiner singeld and scored on Hoffman's double. Stout followed with a single and McPike drove in Hoffman after reaching on an infield error.
Linette led off the sixth by reaching on an error and scored on Wright's single. Wright later scored from third on Weiner's single. Weiner then stole second for the 87th of his career which tied the DePauw record held by Jim Hebert (1986-87, 89). Stout doubled home Weiner and gave the Tigers an 8-7 lead.
Wright singled home Holy in the seventh and Newman doubled in McPike in the eighth to round out the scoring. Oglethorpe put two on in the eighth, but Elliott Ross came on to strike out Andy Farrey and then retired the Stormy Petrels in order in the ninth.
DePauw totaled 16 hits as Weiner and McPike had three each. Stout, Newman, Wright and Gardner had two each. Oglethorpe finished with 13 hits as Cornwell, Pilger, Rizzo, Llano, Brazenas and Giddens had two apiece.
The Tigers' starter Hobs Donovan improved to 2-2 after striking out eight in seven innings. Ross recorded his first save. Oglethorpe reliever Daniel Sarisky dropped to 5-1.
The teams square off on Sunday in a 1 p.m. single game.