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#7 DePauw Splits Doubleheader at #21 Piedmont

March 22, 2011

BOX SCORES: Game 1 | Game 2

March 22, 2011, Demorest, Ga. — Seventh-ranked DePauw defeated 21st-ranked Piedmont by a 7-5 score in the nightcap to salvage a doubleheader split after losing the first game, 7-1. The Tigers are now 9-2 on the season, while the Lions are 12-4.

In the opener, Piedmont jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second as Lauren Head led off with a single and moved to second on Megan Kesler's sacrifice bunt. Lauren Head stole third and later scored on Brittney Head's sacrifice fly.

The Lions blew the game open in the sixth as Kesler reached on an error and pinch-runner Amanda Posey moved to second when Taylor Morgan reached on a walk. Brittney Head loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch. Rebecca Renfroe then hit into a fielder's choice which allowed both Kesler and Morgan to score. Megan McClain followed with an RBI double and Jamie Dennis drove in two with a triple. Raley White's single plated Dennis and gave Piedmont a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers' lone run came in the seventh as Haley Buchanan reached on a three-base outfield error and scored on Holly Paris' ground out.

DePauw totaled six hits with Rachel MacBeth and Brianne Weeks each totaling two. Piedmont finished with 10 hits as McClain, Dennis, White and Cofer each had two. Cofer improved to 6-2, while Emily Bichler dropped to 8-2.

The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game as Buchanan drove in MacBeth with a sacrifice fly and Amy Hallett hit a two-run single. Piedmont countered with one in the bottom of the first as Lauren Head singled in McClain.

The Tigers extended the lead to 5-2 in the second as Cymone Allen tripled and scored on MacBeth's single. Later in the inning, Buchanan was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, allowing MacBeth to score.

McClain's second-inning triple scored Morgan and trimmed the DePauw lead to 5-3. McClain tripled again in the fifth and scored on Dennis' squeeze bunt.

Hallett's two-run single in the seventh made it 7-3, while Cofer's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh rounded out the scoring.

DePauw totaled nine hits led by MacBeth's three and Hallett's two. Hallett also drove in four. McClain had two of Piedmont's seven hits. Bichler improved to 9-2, while Brittney Head dropped to 5-2.

The Tigers travel to Emory on Thursday for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader. The Eagles enter tomorrow's games with Piedmont with a 24-0 record and ranked second in Division III.

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