Tigers Stay Alive in SCAC Tournament with Win over Rhodes
April 24, 2009
April 24, 2009, Jackson, Miss. — Facing elimination in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball tournament, DePauw stayed alive and knocked Rhodes College out of the double-elimination tourney with a 7-2 win over the Lynx.
The Tigers improved to 21-15 with the win, while the Lynx dropped to 25-16. DePauw returns to action on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when they take on Centre. The Colonels lost to Trinity by a 14-4 score tonight.
DePauw got on the board in the second as Drew Holy led off with a double and Ben Gardner clubbed a two-out homer to left for his first of the season. Mike Stout led off the third with a walk and advanced to third on Rob McPike's double to left. Jon Newman followed with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 3-0.
In the fourth, Justin Weiner (pictured) drew a one-out walk, stole second and moved to third on Taylor Hoffman's groundout. He then scored on a wild pitch.
DePauw starter Mike Peterson tossed six innings of two-hit scoreless ball before the Lynx scored their only runs in the seventh. Brent Lindsey reached on a fielder's choice and scored on J.R. Bizzell's triple to right center. Andrew Meier's single scored Bizzell and closed the Tigers' lead to 4-2.
Jon Newman walked to lead off the eighth and scored on Holy's double to left center. Gavin then doubled home Holy to push the lead to 6-2. In the ninth, Newman reached on a two-out error and stole second. Holy then walked and Alex Wright delivered a double to right center, scoring Newman.
DePauw totaled 12 hits led by Stout, Holy, Wright and Gardner with two each. Rhodes finished with seven hits as Bizzell led with three and Mosby followed with two.
Weiner was credited with four stolen bases on the afternoon as the Tigers recorded eight as a team. His first broke the SCAC career mark of 88 held by Kenneth Sharp of Trinity (2000-03) just one day after he set the new DePauw mark.
His final stolen base was the 40th of his career which tied the DePauw single-season record held by Jim Hebert in 1987. Weiner's five stolen bases in the tournament has already set an SCAC record. As a team the Tigers have matched last year's school record of 114.
Peterson improved to 4-2 with the win as he struck out seven in tossing the complete game. Austin Carden dropped to 3-2 with the loss.