Tigers Sweep Bishops; Win Series
April 7, 2013
Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw picked up its first doubleheader sweep of the season and, in the process, won its North Coast Athletic Conference series with visiting Ohio Wesleyan as the Tigers were victorious by scores of 4-3 and 10-8 at Walker Field.
The Tigers improved to 11-10 overall and 5-3 in the NCAC, while the Battling Bishops dropped to 9-8 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
In the opener, the Battling Bishops took a 1-0 lead in the second as James Toland and Jack Miller drew two-out walks and Ryan Froman singled through the right side scoring Toland.
Taylor Hutchison singled in the fourth and stole second before moving to third on Toland's base hit. Toland then attempted to steal second, but DePauw shortstop J.B. McCallum cut off catcher Matt Dorsett's throw after Hutchison broke for the plate. McCallum's throw back to Dorsett was in time for the out. Miller followed with a two-out single to left that scored Toland and made it 2-0.
DePauw reached the scoreboard in the fifth as Paul Mpistolarides led off with a single to center, stole second and moved to third on Dorsett's grounder to second. McCallum was hit by a pitch and attempted to steal second. Mpistolarides then broke for the plate and the throw back to home was late. Pat Lyons then moved McCallum to third on a groundout before the Battling Bishops' third baseman wasn't able to handle Brendon Pashia's grounder, allowing McCallum to score and tie the game, 2-2.
The Tigers scored the go-ahead runs in the sixth as Jason Cohen led off by being hit by a pitch and moved to second on Connor Einertson's bunt single. Robbie Stein's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third and the Battling Bishops intentionally walked Mpistolarides to load the bases.
J.J. Buckey came in to relieve Daniel Kasian with a 2-0 count on pinch-hitter Cory Meixner and proceeded to walk Meixner which brough home Cohen and gave the Tigers the lead. McCallum grounded out to short, driving in Einertson to make it 4-2.
Sean Vollenweider led off the seventh with a homer to left off of DePauw closer Joe Wojda and Ohio Wesleyan had runners on first and second with just one out, but the Tigers ended the game by turning a double play.
Four different Tigers collected one hit each, while Vollenweider and Toland each had two of the Bishops' seven. Alex Sroka improved to 2-0 with the win after scattering six hits over six innings and Wojda picked up his fifth save of the season. Ohio Wesleyan's Daniel Kasian dropped to 1-2 with the loss in relief.
The Battling Bishops again took an early lead in the nightcap as Vollenweider led off the game with a single and moved to second on Zach Bott's sacrifice bunt before scoring on Ben Steele's single.
DePauw knotted the score in the second as Einertson led off with a single and moved to second on Stein's sacrifice bunt. Mpistoalrides drove him in with a single through the left side.
Ohio Wesleyan regained the lead in the fourth as Steele and Hutchison each drew walks and scored on a single by Buckey and Greg Hock's sacrifice fly, respectively.
That lead held up until the bottom of the fifth when DePauw sent 14 batters to the plate and scored nine runs on eight hits.
The Battling Bishops added two runs in the sixth, one in the eighth and two more in the ninth before Tyler Koon came on to retire the final two batters and preserve the DePauw victory. The Bishops left 14 runners stranded including two in the seventh and three in the eighth when third baseman Mpistolarides made two inning-ending, above-his-head grabs of Ohio Wesleyan line drives to end scoring threats.
DePauw totaled 12 hits paced by two each from Lyons, Einertson, Meixner and Mpistolarides. Vollenweider, Toland and Buckey each had three of Ohio Wesleyan's 14 hits, while Bott added a pair.
Jordan Niespodziany improved to 2-1 with the win after going five-plus innings, while Koon picked up his first save. Ohio Wesleyan starter Peter Munger dropped to 1-2 with the loss.
DePauw steps out of conference play on Wednesday, April 10, when it travels to Franklin for a pair of seven-inning games starting at 2 p.m.
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