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Tigers Drop Pair at Rhodes

March 19, 2011

BOX SCORES: Game 1 | Game 2

March 19, 2011, Memphis, Tenn. —  DePauw opened Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Rhodes and finished on the short end of both ends of a doubleheader. The Lynx won the first game by a 2-0 score and took the nightcap, 4-3. Rhodes improved to 9-12 overall and 2-0 in the SCAC, while the Tigers dropped to 7-10 overall and 0-2 in SCAC play.

In the first game, Rhodes picked up its two runs in the fourth as Lynden Pindling led off with a walk and moved to second on Matthew Burnick's single. Chris Conkell then drove in Pindling with a double and Brett Lindsey scored Burnick with a single.

Each team totaled just four hits as four different players from each had one hit apiece. Hobs Donovan dropped to 2-2 with the loss, while Austin Carden improved to 2-4 with the complete game shutout which included four strikeouts and no walks. Carden retired the final 12 batters he faced.

Rhodes took a 1-0 lead in the nightcap as Conkell singled home Andy Meier in the first inning. DePauw knotted the score in the fourth on Zach Galyean's single which scored Jason Cohen. The Lynx countered with two in the bottom of the fourth as Stewart Martens drove in Conkell with a base hit and Matthew Frank scored on Kyle Peterson's single.

The Tigers knotted the score at 3-3 in the eighth as Sam Swafford led off with an infield single and moved to second when Rob McPike was hit by a pitch. Cohen's sacrifice bunt advanced each runner a base before Swafford scored on a balk. Alex Wright's single brought home McPike.

Rhodes won the game in the bottom of the ninth as Peterson and pinch-hitter Matthew Burnick each singled off of DePauw starter Elliott Ross. Josh Berkey loaded the bases with a pinch-hit single off of reliever Joe Wojda before Pindling then delivered a two-out, game-winning hit up the middle.

The Tigers totaled nine hits with Galyean and Chris Forbringer each totaling a pair. Rhodes finished with 13 hits as Pindling, Conkell, Frank, Martens and Peterson had two apiece.

Hunter Chandler improved to 2-2 with the win, while Ross dropped to 2-3. 

The teams conclude the three-game series with a single game at Noon CDT on Sunday.

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