Late Wooster Rally Sends #23 DePauw to Defeat in NCAC Championship Game
May 5, 2012
Chillicothe, Ohio - DePauw took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning of the North Coast Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament championship game, but Wooster scored five runs over the final three innings and topped the Tigers by an 8-6 score to claim the NCAC tourney title.
DePauw dropped to 33-12 on the season and now will have to wait for over a week until the NCAA Division III at-large bids are announced. Wooster improved to 26-16 and earned the NCAC's automatic qualification into the Division III postseason.
Wooster struck first as Cal Thomay hit a solo homer in the second, but DePauw matched that in the bottom of the second. Jason Cohen led off with a single and moved to second on Alex Wright's sacrifice bunt. Alex Berlyn's single scored Cohen and knotted the score at 1-1.
The Tigers took the lead in the fourth when Cohen led off with a single, moved to second on Wright's sacrifice bunt and score on Robbie Stein's base hit.
The Fighting Scots took the lead in the fifth as John McLain led off with a double and scored on Jarrod Mancine's base hit. Mancine was caught stealing, but Zack Vesco followed with a base hit and scored on Eddie Reese's double.
DePauw grabbed the lead again in the bottom of the fifth when Zach Galyean reached on an error and Rob McPike followed with a two-run homer to right. Cohen then doubled and scored on Stein's double to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead.
Wooster regained the lead at 6-5 in the seventh as Billy Farrow hit a three-run homer. DePauw loaded the bases in the seventh and Stein drove in pinch-runner Brendan Bolander after reaching on a fielder's choice.
Thomay led off the Wooster eighth with a single and pinch-runner Bryan Miller moved to second on Ryan Miner's sacrifice bunt. Michael DeBord's single plated Miller with the go-ahead run. Farrow doubled with one out in the ninth, moved to second on Zach Jergan's single and scored on Miller's bunt.
The Tigers put two runners on in the ninth, but the final two hitters flied out.
DePauw totaled 14 hits paced by Cohen's 5-for-5 performance. McPike and Stein each added two in the loss. Mancine and Farrow each had three of Wooster's 15 hits, while Vesco, Thomay and DeBord had two apiece.
Josh Stidham improved to 7-2 with the win, while Alex Sroka dropped to 2-3.