#10 Panthers Sweep DePauw
April 9, 2011
April 9, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Visiting and 10th-ranked Birmingham-Southern pounded out 34 hits and swept DePauw by scores of 6-3 and 17-6 in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Walker Field.
The losses dropped the Tigers to 11-17 overall and 2-6 in the SCAC, while the Panthers improved to 26-5 overall and 10-1 in conference play.
In the opening game, the Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the second when Brandon Perry doubled with two outs and scored on a DePauw error. The Tigers evened the score in the bottom of the second as Zach Galyean led off with a double and later scored on Aaron Henry's single.
Birmingham-Southern again had a two-out rally in the fourth as John Lawroski and Jon Walker singled before J.D. Hulse drove in Lawroski with a single. Drew Leachman followed with a two-run double and then scored on Sam Hill's two-bagger which gave the Panthers a 5-1 lead.
Bryan Higginbotham scored in the fifth on Walker's single to push the lead to 6-1 before DePauw added one in the bottom of the fifth as Henry reached on an error and later scored on Jason Cohen's base hit. Galyean added the game's final run in the sixth after leading off with a single and coming home when Ben Gardner reached on a fielder's choice.
DePauw totaled 10 hits with Cohen leading the way with three and Rob McPike, Galeyean and Henry following with two each. Leachman was 4-for-4 for the Panthers while Hulse and Walker each added a pair of Birmingham-Southern's 13 hits.
Clay Malcolm improved to 7-0 with four strikeouts and no walks, while Drew Crofton pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for his first save. Hobs Donovan suffered the loss and dropped to 3-4.
In the second game, the Panther scored in six of the seven innings of the game which was shortened due to the 10-run rule. Birmingham-Southern scored two in the first and one in the second and blew the game open with five in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead.
DePauw scored three times in the fourth, but so did the Panthers in the fifth to take an 11-3 advantage. The lead reached 17-3 after Birmingham-Southern scored four in the sixth and two in the seventh before the Tigers plated three in the seventh.
Seven different DePauw players had one hit apiece, while the Panthers totaled 21. Hulse, Leachman and Higginbotham each had three, while Hill, Brandon Ricco, Stephen Denton and Jacob Plagens each finished with two apiece. Leachman drove in seven and went 7-for-8 with nine RBI in the twinbill.
Jesse Meier improved to 7-0 with three strikeouts and no walks as the Panther's pitchers didn't allow a walk in the 14 innings. Elliott Ross dropped to 3-4 with the loss.
The teams wrap up their three-game series tomorrow with a Noon single game.