Late Rhodes Rally Leaves Tigers with Split

Late Rhodes Rally Leaves Tigers with Split

April 11, 2008

BOX SCORES: Game 1 | Game 2

April 11, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - John Tschantz pitched DePauw to a two-hit, 2-0 shutout win in the opener of the Tigers' Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Rhodes, but the Lynx scored 11 in the final two innings of the nightcap to take a 12-9 victory.

The 14th-ranked Tigers are 27-7 overall and 12-2 in the SCAC Eastern Division, while the Lynx are 25-10 overall nd 9-4 in conference play.

In the opener the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first as Justin Weiner led off with a single, moved to second on Taylor Hoffman's sacrifice bunt and scored on Matt Kleine's single through the left side. Mike Stout followed with a triple and then scoreed on Adam Ford's ground out.

DePauw added two more in the third as Kleine and Stout singled and Ford walked to load the bases. The Lynx were able to get a force at the plate, but Kyle Thompson delivered a run-scoring single and Jeremy Dickinson made it 5-0 with a sacrifice fly. Hoffman's single to center in the sixth plated Dickinson with the game's last run.

The Tigers totaled nine hits as Kleine led the way with three, while Stout and Weiner each had two. Andy Boucher and Brandon Valentine had one apiecce for Rhodes.

Tschantz improved to 7-2 with the complete game victory, while Holt dropped to 6-4.

In the nightcap, DePauw scored one each in the second and fourth innings on solo homers by Ford and Stout, respectively before Rhodes collected its first hit of the game off of starter Jeremy Alland in the sixth and cut the lead in half on Brent Lindsey's sacrifice fly. The Tigers then extended the lead to 6-1 with two each in the sixth and seventh innings.

Rhodes sent 10 batters to the plate in each of the last two innings as they tied the contest with five in the eighth. In the ninth, Daniel Vanaman hit a one-out triple to the fence in center and Lindsey followed with a double which gave the Lynx the lead. Valentine capped off the six-run inning with a two-run homer.

DePaue added three in the ninth, but Taylor Babich came in and recorded the final two outs.

Rhdoes collected 15 hits, all over the final four innings with J.R. Bizzell totaling three and Vanaman, Boucher and Valentine each adding two. Lindsey and Bizzel each drove in three in the victory.

DePauw also totaled 15 hits and Stout had four with three runs scored. Jon Newman added three, while Ford and Dickinson had two each. Newman also drove in three.

Charles Simmons improved to 5-0 after pitching 1 2/3 innings of relief and Babich recorded his third save. Paul Rodenhouse suffered the loss and dropped to 2-1.

The teams square off on Saturday in a 1 p.m. single game. DePauw needs one win to clinch the SCAC East's top seed for next weekend's cross-divisional playoff in Millington, Tenn.