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#11 DePauw Drops Twinbill to Case Western Reserve  

April 21, 2012

BOX SCORES: Game 1 | Game 2

Greencastle, Ind. - Despite rallying to either tie or take the lead in both games, 11th-ranked DePauw dropped both ends of a doubleheader for the first time this season when it lost to Case Western Reserve by scores of 4-3 and 8-5.

The Tigers slipped to 27-7 on the season, while the Spartans improved to 25-12-1. It marked just the second time this season that DePauw has dropped two straight games.

In the opener, Case took a 2-0 lead in the first as Paul Pakan singled and Sam Alexander walked before Brett Ossola and Andrew Gronski each followed with RBI singles.

DePauw scored in the bottom half of the first as Zach Starr led off with a double, moved to third on Zach Galyean's fly out and scored on Rob McPike's sacrifice fly.

The Spartans extended the lead to 3-1 in the third when Matt Keen led off with a triple to center and Ossola delivered a two-out single to short.

The Tigers answered in the bottom of the third as Sam Swafford led off with a double and came home on Galyean's single to right. Alex Wright led off the fourth with a double, moved to third when Robbie Stein grounded out and scored on a balk to tie the score, 3-3.

Case Western scored the game winner in the sixth as Gronski led off with a single and moved to second on Peter Zak's sacrifice bunt. Andrew Frey grounded out, advancing Gronski to third before Jordan Dague came through with an RBI single to right.

The Tigers had runners on first and second in both the sixth and seventh innings but couldn't score.

DePauw finished with eight hits led by Wright and Swafford with two each, while Case Western totaled nine and were paced by Matt Keen, Ossola and Gronski with two each.

Alex Sroka suffered the loss in relief of Elliott Ross and dropped to 2-2, while Jamie Hora stayed unbeaten at 8-0.

The nightcap got off to a wild start as the Spartans scored four in the top half of the first and the Tigers countered with five. Case Western started the game with a pair of base hits, but Bobby Marko was thrown out at the plate when Pakan reached on a fielder's choice.

The Spartans loaded the bases before Ossola drove in Keen with a sacrifice fly. Gronski slammed a triple to center which scored two and then came home on a passed ball.

In the bottom of the frame, Starr led of with a single and scored on Brendon Pashia's double. Pashia came home on Jason Cohen's base hit before Wright singled and Stein homered to right center to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead.

Things settled down until the sixth when Zak led off with a single. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to thirdon Marko's base hit before scoring on a wild pitch. Pakan's leadoff homer in the seventh gave Case Western a 6-5 lead.

Frey led off the eighth with a double, moved to third on Dague's sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch. The Spartans' final run came in the ninth when Alexander led off with a single, advanced to second on Ossola's sacrifice bunt and later scored on Zak's single.

The Tigers' best chances came in the seventh when they loaded the bases and in the eighth when they had runners on second and third, but in each instance they couldn't bring home a run.

DePauw finished with 11 hits as Starr led the way with three. Cohen and Pat Lyons each had two in the loss.

Alexander and Gronski each had three of the Spartans' 16 hits, while Marko, Pakan, Zak and Frey each had two.

Michael Chiaro suffered the loss and dropped to 3-2, while Kevin Johnstone, who entered in relief in the first and pitched shutout ball for 8 2/3 innings, improved to 1-2.

The teams return to action on Sunday in a Noon doubleheader.

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