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Tigers Split Doubleheader at Piedmont

March 25, 2010

BOX SCORES: Game 1 | Game 2

March 24, 2010, Demorest, Ga. —  DePauw trailed by three in the ninth inning of its first game at Piedmont, but scored six in the frame to take a 14-11 win on the way to a doubleheader split. The Tigers dropped the nightcap, 7-5. DePauw is 11-8 after the split, while the Lions are 10-11.

Each team scored one in the first inning of the opener before the Lions tacked on another in the third for a 2-1 lead. Alex Wright's two-run homer in the fourth gave DePauw a 3-2 lead.

Piedmont tied the game in the fourth on Zac Stein's solo homer and took the lead when Kevin McConnell was hit by a pitch with the bases full. John Duke followed with a bases clearing double to make it 7-3.

The Tigers' first three batters in the fifth reach base and scored to close Piedmont's lead to 7-6, but the Lions responded in the bottom half of the inning with three more.

Drew Holy drew a bases loaded walk in the seventh and Hoffman delivered a two-out run scoring single in the eighth to trim the Lions advantage to 10-8. Piedmont added another run in the bottom of the eighth.

In the ninth, two of DePauw's first three batters reached on errors and the next four followed with singles. Hoffman's sacrifice fly scored Wright and gave the Tigers a 12-11 lead and Rob McPike followed with a two-run triple.

DePauw totaled 12 hits led by McPike and Jason Cohen with three each and Wright with two. The Lions had 14 hits with Curtis Cornett and Scott Haddock finishing with three apiece and Corey Lindsey, McConnell and Duke adding two each.

Andy Manson picked up the win and improved to 1-0, while Tyler Witham collected his first save. Matt Collins suffered the loss and dropped to 1-1.

Piedmont took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning of the nightcap as the first five batters reached base. DePauw followed with three in the bottom of the fifth on Hoffman's run-scoring double and Cohen's two-run, two-bagger.

The Lions regained the lead with one in the fifth before adding one in the seventh and two in the eighth for a 7-3 lead. DePauw's attempt at a fourth straight comeback win fell short as Hoffman clubbed a two-run homer and they had the potential tying run at the plate before the game ended.

DePauw finished with 10 hits as Hoffman and Cohen had three each. Piedmont totaled nine hist led by McConnell and Daniel Rivera with two each. Jordan Coffman picked up the win in relief, while Brad Gerlach dropped to 1-1 with the loss.

DePauw returns to action on Saturday at Oglethorpe.

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